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HP Mars Virtual Reality Simulator to Imagine Colony on Red Planet

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By    |   Friday, 04 Aug 2017 10:04 AM

HP has launched a Mars virtual reality simulator that allows people to help design 3D homes, buildings and infrastructure on Mars for 1 million people.

The "HP Mars Home Planet" is a global co-creation project calling for public participation in imagining what a human population could look like on Mars, according to the project's website.

In a statement, multinational technology giant HP explained that projects would be regularly posted online, stating the needs for a future on Mars.

Participants would then be able to design buildings, homes, transportation services and infrastructures relating to these challenges.

The campaign allows creative minds across the globe to explore ways in which life could be sustained on Mars amid its climate an atmospheric challenges.

The "HP Mars Home Planet" project is based on Fusion and NASA’s virtual reality experience, "Mars 2030."

Expanding on the ground work laid out in this initial campaign, HP opted to take it a step further, allowing artists, engineers, architects, designers and technology enthusiasts to collaboratively imagine life on Mars through virtual reality.

The year-long project is divided up into three phases and kicks off with the "Home Planet’s Mars Urbanization Challenge".

According to HP, this first leg of the campaign will allow participants to focus predominantly on developing infrastructure and transportation concepts for Mawrth Vallis (Mars Valley), which was identified as a possible landing site on Mars by NASA.

Once conception is complete, the next phase of 3D modelling and rendering will kick in, leading to a virtual reality experience of what life on Mars could be like.

"In 2016, we conquered the International Space Station with our HP ZBook Workstations, powered by NVIDIA Quadro graphics, and now we have our sights set on Mars," Josh Peterson, vice president of product management for workstations, said in the HP statement. "Through HP and partner technology, we are unleashing engineers, architects, designers and students to help anticipate and solve the real world problems we’ll face to inhabit Mars one day."

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