Illustration for article titled iHomeworld /iStudio Gets Their Ass To Mars

To celebrate the successful landing of the InSight spacecraft on the red planet, Blackbird Interactive (the Deserts of Kharak guys) and NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory have released to the public a version of their Project Eagle Mars base software.

I wrote about it back in 2017; while not a game, it’s still a very game-looking program, which serves as an interactive model of what a realistic colony on Mars might actually look like.

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Illustration for article titled iHomeworld /iStudio Gets Their Ass To Mars

Described as “a tool to allow users to explore and learn about a potential future Mars colony”, the base depicted is “grounded in real possibilities, informed by real science with direct guidance and feedback from NASA and JPL scientists about the technological and material constraints for building human habitation on the red planet.”

This realism extends to the topography around the base, as it uses terrain data taken from the Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter.

Project Eagle is out now on Steam.

Illustration for article titled iHomeworld /iStudio Gets Their Ass To Mars

Luke Plunkett is a Senior Editor based in Canberra, Australia. He has written a book on cosplay, designed a game about airplanes, and also runs cosplay.kotaku.com.

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