A spectacular 3D 360-degree video of the International Space Station has been released recently by the National Geographic channel. The video of space is a part of the channel’s new documentary series ‘One Strange Rock’. The video will take people on a 3D tour of space and will give people a breathtaking experience of the space environment. With the use of VR or Virtual Reality, one can go on a spectacular journey of ISS and get to interact with the astronauts present aboard the space station.
This is the first time a 3D, 360-degree video of space has been revealed, thanks to the efforts of the National Geographic Channel. In the video, people can take a virtual tour of space station along with the ISS crew members and can listen to their description of how enormous is our space. All this was possible due to a special state-of-the-art Vuze VR camera that arrived at the space station last November. The camera was brought by European Space Agency astronaut Paolo Nespoli during his space station visit. Nespoli got training from series filmmaker Darren Aronofsky about how to use the VR camera effectively to video record the space station.
People will enjoy watching the video with the VR headsets on. They will feel like they re the space station and interacting with the astronauts. They will get to know from the astronauts how big is space and how it feels to be in space. In the video, while the Earth was slowly rotating, Massimino said, “I took a look at the planet and just sort of let it sink in. And then, I thought to myself, ‘This is something human eyes are not supposed to see. This must be the view from heaven.”
The video starts with the low Earth orbit and features many veteran astronauts like Chris Hadfield, Mae Jemison, Mike Massimino and Nicole Stott, who went to space. They shared their experience of watching Earth from the rarefied vantage point of the ISS. Nespoli VR camera captured the tight quarters of the space station and one can see wires, equipment and fixtures spread throughout the surface of the cabin. The video also captured the super-high-definition footage of NASA astronaut Peggy Whitson, the first woman astronaut to command the ISS.