Oculus Rift Can Now Take You To The ISS

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Oculus Rift Can Now Take You To The ISS
March 10, 2017

Oculus has partnered with NASA, the European Space Agency and the Canadian Space Agency to create an educational simulation of what it's like to be aboard the International Space Station (ISS). Mission: ISS allows you to virtually conduct spacewalks and perform essential space station tasks like docking cargo.

Mission: ISS is a virtual trip to the International Space Station, free for Oculus Rift and Touch
 

We tried the interactive experience for ourselves, and it does seems to be a realistic interpretation of being in the ISS (not that we can confirm this), complete with the kind of zero-gravity movement that can turn your stomach. You can view earth from space, learn the history of ISS and listen to real-life astronauts tell their stories in 360° video. Oculus is piloting a limited beta program to bring the app to US high school students.

The launch of Mission: ISS coincides with Oculus' announcement that a Rift headset will be used by CNES (the French Space Agency) aboard the ISS to research the effects of zero-gravity on human spatial awareness and balance.

 

The app is free for Oculus Rift; it is available on the Oculus Store and requires Oculus Touch controllers.

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