NASA Artemis I: Rocket launch broadcast live in virtual reality

NASA Artemis I: Rocket launch broadcast live in virtual reality

Felix & Paul Studios teams up with Meta to bring a NASA rocket launch into virtual reality. How can you experience the event?

NASA wants to get back on the moon. By 2024 at the latest, astronauts are to set foot on Earth’s only natural satellite again. Preparations for this are already in full swing. The first of a series of test flights is scheduled to start in August, and you can be there live – in a VR headset.

NASA wants to go to the moon: Project Artemis begins

With the Artemis program, NASA aims to put astronauts on the moon for the first time since 1972. For the first time in the history of lunar flights, a woman will also be part of the crew. The mission is designed to take several years and stages, leading to several lunar landings by 2028.

Part one of the Artemis program is the launch of Orion CM-002, a crewless spacecraft scheduled to blast off from Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral, Florida, in August and proceed to lunar orbit. During the flight, which will last approximately four to six weeks, the Orion CM-002 will undergo its first major test.

Command and service modules, maneuverability in lunar orbit and heat shield during re-entry into Earth orbit will be tested. If successful, phase two of the mission and the first crewed flight will begin next year.

Artemis I: Watch the launch of the Orion CM-002 in VR

Felix & Paul Studios is bringing the launch of Orion CM-002 to virtual reality in partnership with Meta. Users of the Meta Quest 2 can watch the immersive livestream in the event app Venues, which has recently become part of Meta’s social VR platform Horizon Worlds. A 360-degree video in 8K awaits you there.

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Until now, Horizon Worlds was only available to users in North America. Soon, Meta’s Metaverse will also be launched in Europe. First, the platform will roll out in the member states of the United Kingdom. Other countries are to follow.

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Artemis livestream also via Facebook

You can also watch the broadcast normally on your monitor: It will take place on the Space Explorers Facebook page. A date has not yet been set. So far, NASA is only planning for August 2022. The 360-degree stream via Facebook will run in 5K resolution.

Felix & Paul Studios are known for their immersive virtual reality experiences in space. With Space Explorers: The ISS Experience, the studio presented the first film shot entirely in space and won an Emmy Award for the multi-part VR documentary in 2021.

Sources: VRScout