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NASA and Fortnite maker Epic Games create virtual reality Mars

NASA and Epic Games, the maker of Fortnite, have created a virtual reality version of Mars, that future astronauts will use to train ahead of the first human landing.

The space agency have challenged developers and designers to create scenarios inside this virtual world that the first crew could face when they arrive.

This includes the mundane, such as setting up base camp and securing a supply of power, through to the ‘out of the world’ such as a severe dust storm and radiation.

Organized in partnership with HeroX, a crowdsourced solutions platform, the NASA MarsXR Challenge will see up to 20 winners share in $70,000 prize pot.

Challenges are split into five categories: Set Up Camp, Scientific Research, Maintenance, Exploration and a general category called ‘Blow Our Minds’.

In each…

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