Experience searching for ancient signs of life on Mars
Become the latest Mars rover using Nat Geo’s engaging interactive on Instagram
The experience was built with Instagram’s Spark AR platform, allowing access to any Instagram user.
National Geographic teamed up with NASA to ensure that the experience is as authentic as possible, consulting scientists and engineers who worked to design and build the rover, including Roger Weins (SUPERCAM), Christina Diaz (PIXL), and Jim Bell (Mastcam-Z).
Launch the interactive, and you’ll find yourself floating through space. Tap on the screen to fly to Mars. Now you’re on the surface, in the Jezero Crater. Move your phone to look around. Point it down and you’ll notice your body is now the body of the rover and your eyes are those of the camera, called Mastcam-Z.
Tap the arm of the rover and it’ll extend to the