NASA's OpLabs and Microsoft's Kinect have partnered to make exploration of Mars possible via virtual reality. Their product - HoloLens - uses a program called OnSight to collect data and images from the Curiosity rover and create a 3D virtual reality experience.
By allowing geologists, and other scientists, to explore Mars virtually, they will be able to more effectively assess humankind's future potential on the planet. The virtual reality experience is especially useful when trying to understand distances and proportions - assessing 2D images just cannot accurately provide this.
Scientists across the country will appear as human-like avatars in each others HoloLens when they join, meaning that they can work together remotely.