Sources reportthat NASA chose the recently unveiled Unreal Engine 5 to create a virtual environment for the planet Mars. A realistic virtual environment will help future explorers of the Red Planet learn how to build, live and work on Mars. To implement the project, a competition with a prize fund will be announced. Anyone wishing to participate is invited.
The competition for elements of a future life simulator on Mars is held in cooperation with Epic Games and Buendea. The first is the developer of Unreal Engine 5, and the second is already creating the Mars XR virtual environment for NASA. The prize money is $70,000. The competition will be held in the following simulation categories: Camp Arrangement, Scientific Research, Service, Intelligence and Blow Up the Mind.
On the surface of virtual Mars, cadets must learn how to build a base, conduct geological and other scientific research, maintain engineering systems, including in collaboration with robots, use vehicles to explore new areas, and much more that NASA cannot has yet defined.
Buendea has already created 400 km for NASA2 the realistic surface of Mars with simulated local gravity, day changes including local colors and a range of objects such as space suits and vehicles. The winners of the competition can propose their own developments and integrate them into the Mars XR environment. The Unreal Engine 5 chosen for this is currently one of the most realistic. Cadets are guaranteed full immersion in the virtual Martian environment.
Above in the pictures you can see the work of the developers. Looks impressive. But in reality, humans will not be able to live and work on the surface of Mars. Due to the lack of an atmosphere and a planetary magnetic field, radiation on the Red Planet’s surface is deadly to all terrestrial biological organisms. Humans can only live below the surface of Mars. So a life simulator on Mars should start with the practice of digging wormholes or looking for caves.