Cape Town - Space travel and information about the possibility of life on the planet Mars, especially, has become a hot topic for ambitious travellers lately, as plans are underway to establish a Mars colony by sending 100 humans at a time on massive spacecraft.
But if going to Mars along with 99 other pioneering travellers sounds a little too risky for you at this stage, there's another option to consider.
On Tuesday, 13 December, at 22:00 in South Africa, Facebook will be launching Live 360 video with National Geographic, live from the Mars Desert Research Station facility in Utah.
People around the world will be able to discover and explore the Mars landscape Facebook, which will be broadcast for the very first time from National Geographic's Facebook page.
This first Live 360 will include a Q&A with a line-up of Mars science experts, writers and thinkers, who will take questions from the Facebook audience - so you can get in on the action by interacting with the team!
Take a look LIVE:
The new 360 Live video option on Facebook will give users an immediate, authentic window into what’s happening in the world. The video follows YouTube's highly successful 4K 360 live broadcasting, as well as Twitter’s Periscope function. The concept behind there 360 videos is to immerse viewers fully into the scene, letting them explore on their own and experience a new environment.
"We’re excited to combine these two formats with Live 360 video," Facebook says. "Live 360 transports people into new experiences—right as they happen."
Later this month, Facebook Live 360 broadcasting will become an option in the Facebook Live’s API. And in 2017, Facebook plans to roll out the immersive, real-time video streaming capability to all pages and users.
Over the past 80 days, eight space scientists from around the world have lived in pods simulating every aspect of life on Mars, including total isolation from humanity, NatGeo says.
"As part of our global effort around MARS, National Geographic will be live on Facebook in 360 degrees as the scientists emerge from the pods. We will take you behind the scenes to explore the living quarters, see how the scientists suit up in their space suits and take a rover out for a spin across the Martian landscape."
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