Press Release

Explore Mars, Inc. Announces New Virtual Reality and Space Exploration Working Group?

By SpaceRef Editor
July 12, 2017
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Explore Mars, Inc. is pleased to announce the launch of a new Virtual Reality and Space Exploration Working Group.  Virtual Reality (VR) is playing an increasingly significant role inspiring business, education, and organizations throughout the world.  This growth is particularly true in the realm of space exploration where VR projects not only had a historical role in early astronaut training but also in a myriad of current VR projects about space. VR may well assist human exploration on the surface of Mars as well as robotic probes further out in the galaxy.  This evolving experiential medium also opens up intriguing possibilities for public engagement on a level never before achieved.  The VR and Space Exploration Working Group will examine opportunities and challenges for utilizing VR in mission operations, science and the support of public enthusiasm for venturing into the mysteries of space.
The working group will bring together experts in the VR industry, mission architects, scientists, communications experts and professionals from complementary disciplines to appraise opportunities for utilizing this technology to further space exploration over upcoming decades.
“We think this is an optimal time to coalesce people from relevant disciplines,” stated Explore Mars CEO Chris Carberry. “While there are a number of VR projects underway at the moment, Explore Mars hopes to stimulate more ambitious projects that could advance both space exploration as well as VR technology.”
Within the next six months, Explore Mars plans to hold initial workshops and release an initial report from this working group for distribution to stakeholders and interested parties.
According to Jacki Morie, Co-Chair of the VR and Space Exploration Working Group, “Virtual Reality has the power to bring the excitement of space to everyone’s personal experience in a way that was not possible with earlier iterations.  We can introduce new generations of engineers, designers and future astronauts to space and inspire them to create an expansive new future for humanity.”
If you would like to learn more about this group and future workshops, please contact us at

Chris Carberry
Explore Mars, Inc

About Explore Mars

Explore Mars was created to advance the goal of sending humans to Mars within the next two decades. To further that goal, Explore Mars conducts programs and technical challenges to stimulate the development and/or improvement of technologies that will make human Mars missions more efficient and feasible. In addition, to embed the idea of Mars as a habitable planet, Explore Mars challenges educators to use Mars in the classroom as a tool to teach standard STEM curricula. Explore Mars, Inc. is a 501(c)(3) non-profit corporation organized in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.


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