Topic: Xbox LIVE: Mars Rover Landing (Kinect game)
Robert Pearlman Editor
Posts: 24858 From: Houston, TX Registered: Nov 1999
posted July 16, 2012 12:56 PM
Xbox 360: Mars Rover Landing
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.
Credit: NASA TV
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."
How hard is it to land on Mars? Test your skills! Your mission: guide NASA's Mars rover Curiosity to its landing site safely and on target. Use your body to direct the craft and control thrusters as you descend. Gain avatar gear and achievements for a safe landing. The rover's success depends on you!