Celebrate National Space Day in VR

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May 7, 2021
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Today’s National Space Day, and there’s plenty to help you celebrate on the Oculus Platform. We’re sharing some interstellar highlights, including free content in Oculus TV and Venues on the Oculus Quest Platform.

Space Explorers: The ISS Experience

The largest production ever filmed in space, Space Explorers: The ISS Experience is an epic four-part immersive series from Felix & Paul Studios that invites you to join eight astronauts on life-changing missions aboard the International Space Station. Shot over two years with exclusive access to the crew, The ISS Experience offers an intimate take on the joy, wonder, and dangers of life in orbit.

It’s available as a standalone app on the Quest and Rift Platforms, and it’s screening for free in Venues now through 11:59 pm PT on May 10.

The Apollo Experience: Apollo 17

Between 1968 and 1972, NASA successfully sent 24 men where no human beings had been before or since. The final mission, Apollo 17, flew in December 1972 and closed the final chapter in NASA’s triumphant Apollo Program. Using spectacular NASA high-definition archive footage, mission audio, and rare astronaut interviews, this is a unique documentary film that comprehensively chronicles one of the greatest moments in mankind’s history.

The Apollo Experience: Apollo 17 airs in Venues at 7:00 pm PT on May 13.

13 Factors That Saved Apollo 13

13 Factors That Saved Apollo 13 is a gripping tale of distant desperation and heroics. When an oxygen leak threatened the lives of three astronauts, the mission became a life or death attempt to get them home safely, organised by people 200,000 miles away. With limited power and supplies on board the spacecraft, NASA teams worked around the clock to engineer creative solutions to overcome carbon dioxide poisoning, dehydration, and the freezing temperatures of deep space to ensure the crew’s survival.

13 Factors That Saved Apollo 13 airs in Venues at 7:00 pm PT on May 20.

Asteroids: A New Horizon

Witness how asteroids, those rocky, mysterious celestial bodies, could become a new frontier for humanity in the near future. We are at the forefront of the modern-day gold rush, and asteroids hold the key for private companies to launch into deep space. This mini-series looks at the science and engineering behind the companies leading that race.

Asteroids: A New Horizon airs in Venues at 7:00 pm PT on May 27.

Oculus TV

Over in Oculus TV, there’s plenty to keep you educated and entertained, including some new content from NASA:

You can also check out Mars 360° Virtual Tour by Mastcam-Z on Perseverance Rover + Martian wind sounds, The Spacewalker, and Mars - The Red Planet.

There’s also some amazing animated space-themed content created with Quill to check out, including The Cupola, Zero Gravity, and Zero Gravity Deck.

Mission: ISS

Available on the Quest and Rift Platforms, MIssion: ISS takes you on a trip into orbit to experience life aboard the International Space Station. In this Emmy-nominated simulation, learn how to move and work in zero-gravity using your controllers. Dock a space capsule, take a spacewalk, and let real NASA astronauts guide you on the ISS through informative videos and images.

SPHERES

Available on the Quest and Rift Platforms, SPHERES is a three-chapter interactive virtual reality journey that lets you uncover the hidden songs of the cosmos. Space is not silent. It is full of sounds. We look to the stars to find our place in the Universe, but for the first time we listen to its music. From Writer/Director Eliza McNitt and Executive Producers Darren Aronofsky and Ari Handel, this acclaimed experience premiered at Sundance and received the Grand Prize in VR at the Venice Film Festival.

Apollo 11

Available on the Quest and Rift Platforms, Apollo 11 is the story of the greatest journey ever taken by humankind. Now you can experience this historic event through the eyes of those who lived through it. Using a mix of original archive audio and video together with accurate recreations of the spacecraft and locations, all set to inspirational music, get set for an experience that will not only educate you but will also leave a lasting impression and deep respect for the men and women who worked on the Apollo program during NASA’s golden era.

Star Chart

Explore our Solar System, view constellations and meteor showers in your night sky, stand in the footsteps of Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin on the Moon, explore Mars with the Curiosity Rover, and hold planets, moons, asteroids, and even stars in the palm of your hand—all in Star Chart, available on the Quest and Rift Platforms.

Titans of Space PLUS

Just how big is big? Discover the answer as you tour through this holographic miniature Solar System, then venture beyond to visit some of the largest known stars on the Quest and Rift Platforms.

Shuttle Commander

Available on the Quest Platform, Shuttle Commander is an accurate physics-based flight simulator where you take control of the space shuttle and land it at various real-world landing sites such as Kennedy Space Centre, White Sands Air Force Base, and Edwards Air Force Base. Players can also experience the launch of the Hubble Space Telescope from the cockpit of Discovery in a real-time launch experience using original NASA cockpit audio and mission data. Finally, you can view some of the amazing imagery from the Hubble Space Telescope, which has been collecting data over the past 30 years from 568 kilometres above us.

Games Galore

If games are more your speed, there are plenty of space-themed titles to whet your appetite, from Space Pirate Trainer, Star Shaman, and Cosmodread to End Space, Spaceteam VR, Star Trek: Bridge Crew, and more.

How will you celebrate National Space Day in VR? Let us know in the comments.