NASA’s new 'travel bureau' to offer VR journey: Be ready

The high-end Travel Bureau has been designed by NASA’s Exoplanet Exploration Program at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory in California
The high-end Travel Bureau has been designed by NASA’s Exoplanet Exploration Program at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory in California

New Delhi : Your dream of virtual reality journey will now come true with the new ‘travel bureau’. Yes, the 360-degree visualizations with VR handsets are now available for desktop or mobile devices. The retro-style travel posters exhibit three planets to visit, with much more on the way. The glittering nightlife never ends on PSO J318.5-22, because it doesn’t orbit a star, but roams around freely through space. The newest entry, Kepler-186f, has a setting that lets you control the atmosphere.

“Because Kepler-186f and the majority of Kepler-discovered planets are so distant, it is currently impossible to detect their atmospheres — if they exist at all — or characterize their atmospheric properties,” mentioned NASA scientist Martin Still in a blog post.

“Consequently, we have limited knowledge about what these distant worlds are really like, but these surface visualizations allow us to imagine some of the possibilities,” he added. “Current and future NASA missions, including TESS and the James Webb Space Telescope, will find the nearest exoplanets to our solar system and characterize their atmospheres, bridging the gap between speculation and what’s really out there.”

The high-end Travel Bureau has been designed by NASA’s Exoplanet Exploration Program at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory in California.

Though several potential exoplanets have been discovered so far, scientists are particularly intrigued by those in the “Goldilocks Zone,” the orbit in a temperature range that could support liquid water and, possibly, extraterrestrial life.

The Kepler spacecraft, which track the Earth in an orbit around the sun, has created most of the exoplanet discoveries, but it’s out of gas and about to end its mission. However, the just-launched Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite and the upcoming James Webb Space Telescope are designed to search for exoplanets, and thousands of lonely worlds hidden somewhere in the milky way. Let’s wait for the discovery to come in the near future.