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NASA Challenge to Developers: Create Martian Metaverse ASAP

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17 May 2022, 04:06 GMT+0000
Updated by Nicole Buckler
17 May 2022, 04:21 GMT+0000

NASA challenge: The goal? To find programmers who would like to contribute to the creation of the Martian metaverse.

The NASA MarsXR Challenge is a new challenge initiated by the US space agency in collaboration with Epic Games and Buendea.

As reported by Herox, the NASA MarsXR Challenge is dedicated to developers who want to help create experiences in the Martian metaverse using virtual reality (XR).

Developers must create new resources and scenarios for the new Mars XR Operations Support System (XOSS) environment, using Epic Games’ Unreal Engine 5.

Information about Mars already published by NASA covers the entire Martian day. They contain orange shades of day and blue night, weather conditions and 400 km2 of realistic and detailed terrain on a distant planet.

NASA challenge: Prize Pool

The Martian Metaverse Creation Challenge has a prize pool of $70,000. It was divided into twenty individual distinctions.

In each of the five categories listed, in which creators can create specific scenarios, there are four prizes. The winner of the category will receive $6,000.

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According to the competition schedule, the deadline for submitting applications expires on July 26. The winner will be determined after a two-month evaluation period, on September 27, 2022.

At the time of writing, 25 teams and 266 innovators have signed up to participate in the challenge.

Epic Games has already become famous for its revolutionary programming engine Unreal Engine 5. It was used in such hits as Fortnite or the latest part of the critically acclaimed Kingdom Hearts IV.

Unreal Engine 5 has also recently been supported by major investments. A billion dollars was invested in it by SONY and another billion dollars by Kiribi – the company that owns LEGO.

NASA is no stranger to incredibly interesting challenges.

We will keep you up-to-date with this story!

In the meantime, let’s remember when Elon Musk said there would definitely be a Mars Coin.

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