In collaboration with Microsoft Corp., a new outreach game was unveiled Monday (July 16) to give the public a sense of the challenge and adventure of landing in a precise location on the surface. Called "Mars Rover Landing
," the game is an immersive experience for the Xbox 360 home entertainment console that allows users to take control of their own spacecraft and face the extreme challenges of landing a rover on Mars.
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Above: Jeff Norris with NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) and Danielle Roosa, granddaughter of Apollo 14 astronaut Stuart Roosa and a NASA intern, demonstrates the Xbox 360 game "Mars Rover Landing" at a July 16, 2012, press conference at NASA Headquarters in Washington, D.C.
"Technology is making it possible for the public to participate in exploration as it never has before," Michelle Viotti, the Jet Propulsion Laboratory's Mars public engagement manager, said. "Because Mars exploration is fundamentally a shared human endeavor, we want everyone around the globe to have the most immersive experience possible."