At the end of last week, people were glued to NASA’s live feed when the Perseverance rover finally landed on Mars after 7 months since they launched the Mars 2020 mission. Everyone hopes this is a big step towards greater space exploration in the future. Google is celebrating this momentous occasion with various digital gifts for people to enjoy. There are virtual fireworks, a special exhibit at Google Arts & Culture, and a detailed 3D model of Perseverance that you can place in your space via augmented reality.
First, if you search for Perseverance on Google Search, you will be greeted with some animated fireworks that will appear in your search results. If you were just searching for the word “perseverance,” you might be feeling a bit confused as to why Google is celebrating you while trying to find the meaning of the word. But of course you will see in search results news and articles about the Mars 2020 mission and what perseverance and fireworks mean.
About the always underrated Google Arts & Culture app, there is an exhibit on the Mars 2020 mission where you can get an in-depth look at your project, including the history, goals, and technology behind it. There are sections on the pre-launch, the actual launch, the cruise phase, the approach and then the “most intense phase” of the mission, entry, descent, and landing (EDL). You can learn about all aspects of mission and perseverance.
You also get a 3D model of Perseverance in the Arts and Culture app where you can see it from different angles. You can flip it over, zoom in on some of the parts, and explore the rover. You can also place the rover in your space by tapping the “View in Augmented Reality” button, just as you would with the popular 3D animals in Google Search. You will get an idea of how big the rover really is by turning your space into one.
However, we don’t know how long these digital goodies will last, so you can also enjoy them while they’re still here. You can find them on Google Search and in the Google Arts & Culture app.