NASA to take the world on a trip to explore distant exoplanets in VR

As reported lately, the Exoplanet Exploration website of NASA would be digitally taking the people on the Earth on a trip to a world that is some light years ahead of our planet. This website of the Exoplanet Travel Bureau of the space agency presents a complete 360 degrees view of many habitable exoplanets. This view can also be experienced in virtual reality with the help of a VR viewer that are mostly available in computers and smartphones of the generation.

This Exoplanet Travel Bureau is actually an initiative of the Exoplanet Exploration Program of the space agency that is led by the Astrophysics Division and the Jet Propulsion Laboratory of NASA. It is just an endeavor for promoting the exoplanet-based projects of the space agency such as TESS and Kepler. The Exoplanet Travel Bureau’s travel posters have already been observed by many.

Calla Cofield at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory of NASA said via an online post that NASA wants all the people on the Earth to experience the surface of each of the exoplanets and that many amazing features await them in the process.

The website lately added another exoplanet named Kepler-186f, which resembles the size of the Earth and orbits a host star that is much redder as compared to the Sun. The program scientist, Martin Still, at NASA’s Planet-hunting Observatory, the Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite (TESS), said, “Because Kepler-186f and the majority of Kepler [space telescope]-discovered planets are so distant, it is currently impossible to detect their atmospheres—if they exist at all—or characterize their atmospheric properties.” He further added, “Consequently, we have limited knowledge about what these distant worlds are really like, but these surface visualizations allow us to imagine some of the possibilities.”

The new experience of virtual reality is basically an extended part of the travel posters, which let the people on the Earth experience the clone surface of 3 exoplanets namely- Kepler-6b, Kepler-186f, and Trappist-1e. The space researchers yet do not have any information about these exoplanets except facts about their distance from the Earth, their location, and that they could support life.

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