Astronaut Tim Peake will guide people through a high-speed flight back to earth in a Soyux space capsule in a new virtual reality (VR) experience at the Science Museum.
The experience, Space Descent VR, was created by VR content creators Alchemy VR. Museum visitors will be able to use a Samsung Gear VR to take a ride inside a Russian Soyuz spacecraft, an journey usually reserved for only a select few highly-qualified individuals.
Space Descent VR will be the Science Museum’s first permanent VR exhibit, offering visitors the chance to have the full experience of leaving the International Space Station (ISS) and making the hazardous journey back to earth at a speed of 25,000km per hour.
Tim Peake said in a statement: “It really is breath-taking – and that comes from someone who has spent an awful lot of time using VR systems while training for my first mission. Science Museum visitors are going to experience something that truly is very close to the real thing!”
“The Science Museum Group is constantly working to revolutionise how our visitors experience and learn about the past, present and future of science and technology, and the ways in which they engage with the magnificent objects in our collection. Space Descent VR with Tim Peake is an innovative and unique offer and I’m confident it will excite and inspire people in equal measure,” added Science Museum Group Director Ian Blatchford.
Tim Peake is not the first astronaut to get involved with VR experiences. Respected astronaut Buzz Aldrin recently had his image captured to act as holographic guide on a VR trip to Mars. NASA themselves are quite involved with VR, testing out its potential for astronaut training with the team behind Earthlight.
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