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Project Eagle by Blackbird Interactive shows life on Mars

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Blackbird Interactive and NASA joined forces to paint us an interactive picture of what life on Mars could look like. Project Eagle is an interactive representation of life on Mars 44 (Martian) years after the first human mission.

 

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Created using terrain data from the HiRise camera aboard the Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter, and designed with input from NASA scientists about the technological and material constraints and possibilities for building human habitation on the red planet, the project follows in the footsteps of Chesley Bonestell and Wernher von Braun. 

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Movies and TV shows set in space have always had a way of capturing the imagination of their viewers, and now, people can actually interact with the alien world. Eagle Base is set in the Gale Crater, at the base of Mount Sharp, near the original landing site of the Mars Curiosity Rover.

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Jeff Norris, founder and director of the Mission Operations Innovation Office at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory said “Games can be achingly beautiful like this (Ori and the Blind Forest). They can make us laugh. They can occasionally make us cry,” he explained “Some of you need to step it up a little bit. Great art does not just move us as individuals. It can move entire societies.”

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Blackbird Interactive created the demo using the engine for their own space combat game, Homeworld: Deserts of Kharak. They then built on it adding algae ponds, perchlorate piles, sulfur piles, greenhouses, and solar arrays — all in consultation from NASA engineers, and on their own time.

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