To mark the National Space Day this year, Oculus streamed a 24-hour loop of developer Felix & Paul’s groundbreaking VR film, Space Explorers: The ISS Experience. In addition, those with an Oculus Quest or Oculus Rift headset got to watch Episode One of the four-part 360-degree series 100% free-of-charge via Oculus TV and Oculus Venues.
Episode One: ADAPT, the most significant production ever shot in space, documents the arrival of several new crew members and their experience adjusting to life aboard the ISS. The roughly 24-minute 3D, 360-degree film showcases astronauts Anne McClain, David Saint-Jacques, Christina Koch, and Nick Hague overcome various challenges unique to life in space, from disorientation caused by microgravity to various unexpected emergencies.
The series was developed over the course of two years and was entirely shot, narrated, and crewed by the astronauts themselves. They captured a whopping 200 hours of cinematic 360-degree footage plus 18 hours of eye-opening video logs and interviews. As a result, we get to take in a rare, intimate look at the day-to-day lives of these modern-day pioneers.
Space Explorers: The ISS Experience is easily one of the most impactful VR films you would ever experience in-headset. With the incredible 3D visuals afforded by Felix & Paul’s pioneering 360-degree camera, which was built specifically for use in space by astronauts, or the powerful video logs recorded by the crew, Space Explorers is the closest you’ll get to experiencing life in space without a degree in engineering or biological science.
Oculus Quest or Oculus Rift headset users can experience the Episode One on-demand for a limited time via Oculus TV or watch a 24-hour loop of Part One via Oculus Venues.
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