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USA TODAY Offers Exciting AR Experience of the Perseverance Mars Rover Mission

Good news for all the space enthusiasts out there: Now, you can directly experience the Perseverance Mars rover mission and you don’t have to go out in the space to watch all the action. USA TODAY has brought a captivating augmented reality experience of the NASA mission that will allow you to catch all the action, that too from the comfort of your home.

The media channel has recently added an augmented reality experience in their app that allows the users to be a part of the most exciting mission NASA has launched so far. The AR project, named “Perseverance: Explore as One”, is now available on the apps of USA TODAY as well as 13 other USA TODAY Network local news channels.

Watch “The Seven Minutes of Terror” on the USA TODAY App

The most crucial part of the voyage is reportedly the last seven minutes of the descent and landing of the Perseverance Mars rover. As it approaches the merciless atmosphere and difficult terrain, anything can happen at any moment. It tests the skill, experience, and ingenuity of the people involved in the mission from beginning to end. For any space enthusiast, watching the effort live in action is an experience of a lifetime. The USA TODAY app gives them the opportunity not only to see it but also to feel the adrenaline rush with the immersive experience. With the narration by space reporter Emre Kelly, the AR experience takes the viewers along the landing and makes them feel as if they are accompanying Perseverance in its voyage.

Smithsonian Channel & USA TODAY: Collaboration for Excellence

Ray Soto, the Director of Emerging Technology at USA TODAY spoke to the media about the latest addition in the app during a press release. He stated that USA TODAY is thrilled to leverage the widespread reach of their network to deliver their premium AR content in an unprecedented manner. He said that the latest interactive experience is crafted by perfectly mixing storytelling and technology, and it has the potential to inspire and fascinate people at the same time.

USA TODAY Offers Exciting AR Experience of the Perseverance Mars Rover Mission

The immersive and realistic AR experience has also reportedly benefitted from the partnership with the top experts at Smithsonian Channel. As a leading channel dedicated to bringing nature and science closer to the viewers, Smithsonian Channel relies on the highest expertise to create entertaining, valuable, and engaging content.

Accessing the “Perseverance: Watch as One”

To access the Mars rover AR experience, viewers will have to download the USA TODAY app on their iOS or Android mobile devices. Those who already have the app should update it to its current version. At the bottom, there is an option named Augmented Reality. The Perseverance Mars rover AR experience can be found as listed under the multiple AR experience offerings under this menu.

Apart from the USA TODAY app, the AR experience can be accessed from the local USA TODAY NETWORK apps, such as Treasure Coast News, Florida Today, Naples Daily News, Tallahassee Democrat, and many more.


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