Life in 360°: One Small Step for Vuze

National Geographic and NASA are collaborating on a film using the Vuze camera.

It’s Friday so you’re expecting VRFocus’ regular weekly dose of 360-degree video goodness to start the day. Alas, as today is somewhat different. It’s only on rare occasions that Life in 360° doesn’t actually include some sort of immersive video, with today’s article looking towards the future in preparation of a 360 video that’s yet to come. Recently the Vuze VR Camera was selected by National Geographic and NASA to film a 3D, 360-degree cinematic virtual reality (VR) experience as part of National Geographic’s upcoming series One Strange Rock.

Due to premiere next year and directed by Darren Aronofsky (director of Requiem for a Dream), the Vuze VR Camera will be used by European Space Agency astronaut Paolo Nespoli to document a day in the life on the space station.

European Space Agency astronaut Paolo Nespoli
At the International Space Station, European Space Agency astronaut Paolo Nespoli films the Earth through the windows of the Cupola observatory. Credit: ESA/NASA/Twitter

One Strange Rock explores how intricate, interwoven and fragile life as we know it is on Earth and how rare it may be in the universe,” Aronofsky said in a statement. “The more we appreciate how awe-inspiring the development of life on this planet has been, the more likely we are to become inspired stewards of the home that sustains it.”

“We’re thrilled to once again partner with National Geographic to tell an incredible story about our strange planet,” said producer Jane Root. “We’re going to combine dramatic visual storytelling and real science to tell the story of our planet Earth and focus on the unbelievable ‘coincidences,’ and the complex, unlikely connections that all had to happen to create complex life.”

One Strange Rock will premiere on the National Geographic Channel in 2018, with Nespoli’s videos distributed via platforms like Facebook, Oculus, YouTube and PlayStation VR, and of course Life in 360°.

Don’t forget to come back on Monday when Life in 360° resumes its regular programming.

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