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NASA tests virtual reality smart glasses for trip to Mars

Sharon Gaudin | March 23, 2015
Astronauts may use smart glasses to obtain tech, navigation info and to send data back to Earth.

"As electronic directions and instructions replace paper checklists and longer duration missions are considered, there is a need for tools that can meet evolving demands," said Lauri Hansen, engineering director at NASA's Johnson Space Center, in a statement. "ODG's technology provides an opportunity to increase space mission efficiencies and we are pleased to explore its potential in human spaceflight while also advancing its use here on Earth."

The glasses are being used in a series of tests at NASA's Johnson Space Center in Houston.

Astronauts training to live and work on the International Space Station will use the smart glasses to practice maneuvering around the orbiting station. They also will use them to practice for future space walks.

According to Bolden, the ODG glasses will get a weeklong test this summer when astronauts and mission control will work to simulate a mission to another planet.

NASA has been testing and working with virtual reality technology simulations for the past 20 years, Bolden said.


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