Celebrate National Space Day in VR

Oculus Blog
May 3, 2022

May 6 is National Space Day, and Meta Quest is your ticket to travel the galaxy and learn, play, and walk among the stars. From immersive 3D and 360° films that let you feel like you’re actually aboard the International Space Station to action-packed space-themed games that let you defy gravity, there’s a little something for everyone to enjoy. Here’s a look at some of our favorites:

When We Were Apollo
May 6 // 2:00 – 3:20 pm PT

When We Were Apollo is an intimate and personal look at the Apollo Space Program through the lives and experiences of some of its most inspiring behind-the-scenes figures: engineers, technicians, builders, and contractors who spent the better part of a decade working to get us to the moon and back.

Space Explorers: The ISS Experience Series
May 6 // 5:00 – 6:43 pm PT

A new crew of astronauts arrives aboard the International Space Station and discovers the joy, wonder and danger of living in space. Years of training come into play as the crew overcomes disorientation from zero gravity, responds to potential catastrophic emergencies, and learns to operate as a close-knit team. The extreme nature of this unique shared experience brings them to form family-like bonds.

Apollo Astronauts: Training NASA’s Moon Men
May 12 // 6:00 – 6:55 pm PT

In 1969, Neil Armstrong stepped onto the lunar surface and into the history books as the first of only twelve men to walk on the Moon. But in 1961 when Kennedy pledged to put a man on the Moon, NASA had barely put a man into orbit. They had less than 10 years to train a team of astronauts to overcome the unknown challenges of a mission to the Moon. Featuring stunning NASA footage and expert interviews with Apollo space scientists, this inspirational film explores the early days of astronaut training, following those pioneering pilots from selection to the lunar surface and back again. This is the incredible story of how NASA trained America’s best pilots to fly to the moon and take one giant leap for humankind.

ISS Tour with Victor Glover - Space Explorers
Astronaut Victor Glover joins us from Earth to give a tour of the International Space Station.

UNITE - Space Explorers: The ISS Experience
A space culture evolves between the select few who have had the chance to live and work aboard the International Space Station. Old friends arrive, and for the first time, half of an entire astronaut class reunites on the station. The cycle continues as, once again, one mission ends and another begins. The crew’s unique shared perspective grows stronger as colleagues realize dreams of the humanization of space together.

Spacewalkers - Space Explorers: Special Feature
Experience the world’s first-ever spacewalk captured in cinematic VR outside the International Space Station.

Scary 360° VR Roller Coaster | Caverns of Mars
THE SCREAM PARK saga continues with CAVERNS OF MARS, an old video game machine that transports you into the future and onto the surface of Mars. There, you’ll find you way down into the depths of the red planet and ride a roller coaster like nothing on Earth.

Journey To Space
In the past half century, humans have punched through the stratosphere, walked on the moon, and lived continuously in orbit. In the coming decades, our unquenchable curiosity will take our species beyond the cradle of Earth to touch the face of another world. Strap in for the next giant leap. Next stop ... Mars!

Space Junk
After 50 years of launching our dreams into space, we’re left with a troubling legacy: a growing ring of orbiting debris that casts a shadow over the future of space exploration. Space Junk 3D is a visually explosive, sensory expanding voyage into our now-threatened Final Frontier. Experience mind-boggling collisions, both natural and manmade. Soar from the stunning depths of Meteor Crater to an unprecedented view of our increasingly crowded orbits—22,000 miles above Earth. Join us as the foremost expert, also known as the “Father of Space Junk,” guides us through the challenges we face in protecting them, forging a new age of space discovery.

Mission: ISS
Take a trip into orbit and experience life on board 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.

Uncover the hidden songs of the cosmos through this powerful, immersive spectacle that fuses art with science. Using hand tracking and light interactivity, join with the universe and bring life to the veiled symphony of sound and light.

Star Trek: Bridge Crew
Star Trek™: Bridge Crew will immerse you in the Star Trek universe thanks to VR. The game puts you and your friends in the heart of the U.S.S. Aegis. Your mission: explore a largely uncharted sector of space known as The Trench, in hopes of locating a suitable new home world for the decimated Vulcan populace. The Klingon Empire is also active in the region, and their purpose is a threat to the Federation’s plans. Make strategic decisions and coordinate actions with your crew to complete the mission.

Apollo 11
Experience this historic event through the eyes of those who lived through it. Using a mix of original archival 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.

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.

Red Matter
Red Matter is a story-driven VR puzzle adventure game. Take on the role of Agent Epsilon, an astronaut dispatched to an abandoned base on Rhea, one of Saturn’s moons. Your mission: to investigate a shady top secret research project.

3 Outer-Space Odysseys
Looking for more ways to celebrate National Space Day? Dive intoAnshar 2: Hyperdrive, End Space, and Eternal Starlight for a trio of games that are truly out of this world.