It was created by NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory, in collaboration with Microsoft, for the HoloLens.
The software won NASA’s Software of the Year Award 2018.
OnSight uses imagery from NASA’s Curiosity rover to create an immersive 3D terrain model, allowing users to wander the actual dunes and valleys explored by the robot. The goal of the software, a collaboration between Microsoft and JPL’s Ops Lab, is to bring scientists closer to the experience of being in the field. Unlike geologists on Earth, who can get up close and personal with the terrain they study, Martian geologists have a harder time visualizing their environment through 2D imagery from Mars.
For more about NASA’s exploration of Mars, visit https://mars.nasa.gov