NASA and a Game Studio Create 3D Mars Base Simulator
There are plenty of video games that attempt to portray Mars in different life-like scenarios.
But this latest project between the NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory and Blackbird Interactive is as realistic as it gets.
Just imagine if there were actually a human colony of Mars. How wild would that be?
Now, you no longer have to think about it. You can literally immerse yourself onto the red planet.
The game, called Project Eagle, is free to download on PCs using Steam.
You'll be placed in a colony by the Gale Crater, which is just beneath Mars' equator. But the creators say it's not really a game.
"Eagle isn't a game, but a tool to allow users to explore and learn about a potential future Mars colony," the product description reads. "Eagle base is grounded in real possibilities, informed by real science with direct guidance and feedback from NASA and JPL scientists about the technological and material constraints for building human habitation on the red planet."
How Realistic Is Project Eagle?
The simulation is the perfect way to take a look at what Mars might look like in the future.
The main location of the game, the Gale Crater, is one NASA discovered in 2012. NASA's Mars Curiosity Rover landed on the crater in August of that year. And the game even places a monument in the spot where the rover landed.
All of the simulation's features are thanks to the information NASA discovered over the years.
Also in Project Eagle is the "Dome Complex." It creates an ecosystem similar to Earth, allowing for colonists to enjoy their time on Mars.
According to Teslarati, "The environment also enables spacesuit-free living. To support the dome and other areas where colonists are living and working, multiple algae-ponds have been constructed which generate oxygen and provide a supplemental food source."
So have fun immersing yourself in Mars, before Elon Musk beats you there.