NASA has developed an AR filter that allows you and your friends to pose on Mars with the Perseverance rover.

Example of NASA's endurance filter

Space still holds many secrets that humanity is dying to unravel. Lately, people have been most interested in the mysteries surrounding Mars, as NASA hopes to get humans to the Red Planet by 2030.

NASA’s Perseverance rover successfully landed on Mars Thursday afternoon and set up something to get the internet to celebrate this incredible achievement in space exploration.

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NASA’s newest online interactive feature is a virtual photo booth. You can sit on one of eight backgrounds, including on the Martian surface next to Perseverance or outside the agency’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory.

“As NASA’s fifth Mars rover, Perseverance has an exceptional technical pedigree and mission team. We are delighted to invite the world to share this exciting event with us,” said Marc Etkind, Associate Administrator for Communications at NASA.

It wasn’t long before social media was flooded with pseudo-selfies of excited internet users posing on Mars, along with the hashtags #CountdownToMars and # mars2020.

The photo booth is also not limited to photos with just one person. If you so desire, you can take whole groups of people or your pet to Mars as some users have:

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Other interactive functions of NASA

After launching Mars 2020 last summer, the agency has since offered many options for how you can join their mission from the comfort of your home, as detailed on NASA’s website. The Mars photo booth is just the newest feature on the list.

For example, NASA created Facebook and Instagram AR filters that you can use to put on your mission control headset or place a 3D Mars rover in your scene. If you’d prefer not to be in front of the camera, you can instead register to receive your name on board a future Mars exploration rover, or take a 3D tour of the inside of Perseverance.

What is Mars 2020?

Mars 2020 is an exploration mission from NASA’s Mars Exploration Program that includes the Perseverance rover nicknamed “Percy” and a helicopter drone called Ingenuity. The two tools aim to examine the Martian surface in search of evidence of habitability and past life.

Perseverance (with Ingenuity on board) took off from Earth in July 2020 and confirmed to have landed on Mars on February 18, 2021 at 20:55 UTC. It landed in the Jezero crater, where a former lake and river delta was located.

Stay updated on the results of perseverance

As Perseverance continues to explore Mars, you can watch the videos it sends back to Earth on NASA JPL and NASA YouTube channels. Of course, NASA also has active accounts on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.

Ingenuity will soon try to power the first controlled flight on another planet so that we can all keep our fingers crossed that we will soon see photos and videos of this feat.

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