The Challenge | Virtual Space Exploration

Generate Virtual Reality environments for the surface of the Moon and Mars! Obtain 3D models from NASA resources, such as Moon Trek and Mars Trek. Integrate 3D models of surface exploration systems and habitats. Develop and deploy the virtual world at a hosting service.

Stage One

Stage One offers the experience of organizing a lunar mission within a virtual reality setting. By progressing through each phase of the simulation, one can lead the Saturn V successful to the moon!

Stage One

The simulation consists of three stages: assembly, launch, and landing.

  • Assembly begins the mission with the construction of a rocket. Each piece is laid out on a table before a launch pad. Participants will need to place the pieces in the correct orientation on the launch pad. Pieces will snap into place as an indication of the correct placement. When completed, the simulation will progress to the next stage.
  • Launch allows participants to witness their hard work take off in the scene of a launch. After the rocket heads towards the skies, the simulation transitions into a depiction of the trajectory of a rocket in space.
  • Landing shares the view of the moon from both the interior and exterior of the rocket.

The Stage One rocket simulation provides a holistic experience of the Apollo mission from the construction of the rocket to the view on the moon. It is an immersive, relatively low cost visualization of a space mission that is accessible to the general public. Not everyone can get the training of an astronaut or understand the intricacies of the science through images or videos. Each stage of the simulation is a visual aid that educates the public and allows them to experience the launch being in the comfort of their own home.:


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