Take a virtual trip to the International Space Station
Take a virtual trip to the International Space Station In this image made from video provided by NASA, U.S. astronauts Peggy Whitson, above, and Shane Kimbrough work on the outside of the International Space Station on Thursday, March 30, 2017. (NASA via AP/Thomas Pesquet via AP)
Take a virtual trip to the International Space Station
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What's life like aboard the International Space Station? This is a question only a select few can answer. But thanks to a new virtual reality tour, more people than ever can step aboard the floating lab. They can virtually explore the station and its mindboggling views. This is according to Mashable's Adario Strange.
 
The program was created in cooperation with NASA and the Canadian and European space agencies. It is called Mission: ISS. And it's probably the closest you'll ever come to visiting the space station. The program uses Oculus Rift virtual reality and Oculus Touch motion control. They create a realistic simulation of life aboard the station.
 
As Oculus writes on its blog, the movie was designed to recreate the ISS "in painstaking detail." It is a free simulation. The program was based on NASA models. It was developed with the input of astronauts and NASA's Virtual Reality Laboratory. The lab uses virtual reality. It can train astronauts for their in-space tasks.
 
With the help of motion controls, users can try their hand at everything from spacewalks to docking spacecrafts. This is all in a simulated zero-gravity environment. (Strange warns that the simulated weightlessness is so realistic that users might want to sit down before stepping into the virtual world.)
 
The simulation may be fun, but it is no video game, Strange writes. The program is intended give users a realistic idea of what it's like to live in space. Users can also learn about individual astronauts and the history of the ISS through a series of video clips. The team is also testing the program as an educational tool. It could teach high school students about the station.
 
Augmented reality is already being tested in space. This is with the help of Microsoft's HoloLens headset. One day, it will be used to guide repairs and let on-ground techs see exactly what astronauts observe. Virtual reality has yet to make it into space. That's about to change, according to the Oculus blog. An Oculus headset will be sent to space. It will be used by astronaut Thomas Pesquet to test how gravity affects spatial awareness.

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Why don't we know all the ways VR will be used in space?
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  • giavannac-orv
    4/17/2017 - 09:54 p.m.

    Because today NASA keeps bringing new things to the world. Maybe they will find more ways to use VR. It's crazy the things people come up with.

  • alant-
    4/18/2017 - 08:40 a.m.

    The VR is going to be strikly for the reality of the space experience this high school kids are going to know and learn when they actually go in to space.

  • cesars-
    4/18/2017 - 08:40 a.m.

    We don't know all the ways of VR because we haven't found all the parts that lead to VR yet.

  • bradleym2-har
    4/18/2017 - 09:30 a.m.

    We don't know all the ways VR will be used in space because VR has never been in space. Who knows the possibilities of VR in space? Most little children have dreamed of going to outer space, but will never get to. With virtual reality, everyone will get the chance to experience going to space. VR is used to show many things now, like riding dirt bikes, riding rollercoasters, and looking around on skyscrapers. Never did anyone think that VR would take us to space. Conclusion, virtual reality has never been to space and the possibilities of what it will do in space are endless. Virtural reality is used to show many things, but no one thought it would go to space.

  • brandona52163-
    4/18/2017 - 12:57 p.m.

    we still need to know more about vr usage in space

  • isabellet-obr
    4/18/2017 - 02:55 p.m.

    Scientists are trying to find out more ways to use VR (Virtual Reality) in space. There are so many ways to use VR in space, but scientists are still trying to find out how, it might be a couple of months or more. Now with VR people can see space without actually going to space, thanks to VR for making it easier for us to see what it is like in space to help our education. People can see space in a whole new way, so that's why are trying to find out more ways to use VR so people can know more about space and spacecrafts. It may take a few years to find out how to use VR in different ways, but people will be waiting for it to come.

  • connorm3-har
    4/19/2017 - 07:47 a.m.

    VR is making it an easier to train people about space, but we don't know all the ways it will be used. One reason that we can tell that we don't know all the ways it will be used is because the text says, " Virtual reality has yet to make it to space." This evidence tells us that it hasn't reached space and so we don't know how it will be used yet. So, in conclusion, VR is already helping people, but because it hasn't reached space yet we don't know all the ways it will be used.

  • brandons33446-
    4/19/2017 - 08:35 a.m.

    The VR is a recently new thing and you cant tell what something is going to be like is space just when it comes out you need time to experiment with it.

  • hayleel-ste
    4/19/2017 - 01:55 p.m.

    This would be awesome i would love to travel to space just to see what it is like, and to explore around.

  • samanthas-1-ste
    4/20/2017 - 02:11 p.m.

    We dont know because not everything has been tried yet. Virtual Reality is just now being tested so we still have a ways to go.

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