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NASA Virtual Exoplanet Touring Bureau lets everyone "vacation" in outer space



NASA has unveiled its new Exoplanet Travel Bureau, a new part of their Exoplanet Exploration website that allows anyone to "visit" a foreign world. While it would be fun to visit one of these distant planets in person, NASA points out that such a mission is still "a distant dream." Replaced by virtual reality and the new interactive NASA version of Kepler-186f.

NASA provides 360-degree interactive visualizations for various extraterrestrial planets on the Exoplanet Exploration website, and the Kepler-186f offering is the latest addition. Visitors can look around in a world of high mountains, a red sky, low sun and several visible moons. Everyone can access the interactive world in a browser here.

It is noteworthy that the interactive world makes the visitor look both with and without atmosphere. The researchers do not know if Kepler-186f has an atmosphere, at least one that can sustain life, but it's fun to imagine what the landscape might look like. The virtual world of NASA also has water and plants as hypothetical landscape elements to fuel the imagination.

Meanwhile, the Exoplanet Travel Bureau was founded by the Exoplanet Exploration Program Team. Users get access to new and earlier exoplanet travel posters that look like retro travel ads. Visitors can explore the planet's surface and learn more about it, as well as download the posters to use as wallpaper or to create prints.

Source: NASA


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