Virtuality lands on Mars

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    Mars 500 walkingVirtuality is a word that should not only evoke fantastic worlds used for recreational purposes (as usually happens when one talks, for  example, of the most famous of them, Second Life), as a set of technologies used for years in areas as diverse as defense, aeronautics, to test extreme situations withou exposing users to potentially fatal risks.

    It’s the case of simulated mission Mars 500, the experiment in prolonged confinement of the astronauts, organized by the Russian Space Agency and ESA (European Space Agency) intended to play around and throughout the space mission to Mars (ideally planned for 2020), which started on June 3 last year and now has seen three of the six crew members, including the Italian-Colombian Diego Urbina, who broke away Saturday, February 12 from mother ship to get to Mars with a specific module (Mars Lander), making the first “virtual walk” on the red planet (as you can see in these images of ESA / IPMB, another walk is scheduled in the next few days).

    Definitely an experience of virtual reality is very different from the one you think when it comes to virtual worlds and the mind goes immediately to the Second Life avatars, but confirming that these technologies are anything but something ephemeral and therefore Mondivirtuali.it / SLnn.it wants to continue to investigate, preferring this type of arguments in some corny “family quarrels” that unfortunately continue to animate seamlessly the Italian community in SL.