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  Blackbird Interactive and NASA team up to give you a chance to land on MarsBlackbird Interactive and NASA team up to give you a chance to land on Mars
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11/27/2018
 


[This unedited press release is made available courtesy of Gamasutra and its partnership with notable game PR-related resource GamesPress.]

November 27th, 2018, Vancouver, BC

Blackbird Interactive (BBI) has announced its critically acclaimed project with NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) - Project Eagle, will be coming to Steam for free on November 27th to celebrate the landing of NASA's Mars InSight probe.  

Project Eagle was a joint effort between NASA's JPL and BBI to build a interactive diorama of a Mars base one hundred years from now. Set in Gale Crater in 2118, Project Eagle uses data from NASA's HiRISE camera on board the Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter to model terrain accurate to 1 meter.

Blackbird Interactive and JPL set out to create software which would inspire space travel.  Together we wanted to publicly exhibit a project that shows what this medium could do for inspiring space exploration. Jeff Norris, director of Mission Operations Innovation at JPL stated, "There is an enormous opportunity for filling this great void in the industry today."

Following in the footsteps of legendary space artist Chesley Bonestell, Project Eagle hopes to inspire new generations to dream of human settlement beyond planet Earth and support the exploration and colonization of our solar system. "Project Eagle was created by Blackbird in collaboration with NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory as part of a wonderful talk by Dr. Jeff Norris at the DICE Summit in February of 2017. Jeff's speech showed that art, when grounded in science, can capture the public imagination and even build support for the exploration of space. In keeping with Jeff's idea we decided to make our future Mars Base simulation available for free so that as many people as possible could experience our little art-meets-science project. Hopefully, it might inspire them exactly as Jeff described!" said Blackbird Interactive CEO, Rob Cunningham.

Project Eagle was shown on the main stage of at the prestigious D.I.C.E. conference last year -  Blackbird Interactive will be releasing the interactive diorama for free on Steam, on the 27th of November, following the successful landing of NASA's InSight probe on Mars.

Blackbird Interactive Inc. Company Information

Blackbird is an independent game development studio located in Vancouver, BC, Canada. Founded in 2010, Blackbird is dedicated to creating uncompromising immersive games with a strong narrative and distinctive art style. Blackbird Interactive is currently working on three major unannounced projects.

NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory

The Jet Propulsion Laboratory is a unique national research facility that carries out robotic space and Earth science missions. JPL helped open the Space Age by developing America's first Earth-orbiting science satellite, creating the first successful interplanetary spacecraft, and sending robotic missions to study all the planets in the solar system as well as asteroids, comets and Earth's moon.

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