Virtual Space Program Category: Space Exploration

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NASA and other global space agencies are no stranger to virtual reality. They have been working on every iteration of this technology since its appearance on the scene. Virtual reality is unquestionably going to play a much bigger role in space exploration with the proliferation of consumer based virtual reality systems. Children will be navigating their own journey on Mars and other planets by driving a virtual vehicle anywhere they wish to explore.

The regular flow of imagery from Hubble will soon become a platform for students to witness the evolution of planetary objects through a wide spread deployment of VR educational systems. Virtual journeys through space which are navigable by the end user plotting a course and heading for a specific galaxy will become readily possible when the right combination of these elements are interwoven.

NASA currently uses VR to train their astronauts for highly stressful activities which they must perform in outer space. The combination of both virtual reality as well as augmented reality, provide an invaluable toolset for NASA to employ for each of their very meticulous tasks at hand. Using VR to track weather conditions on Earth and to help further understand the predictability and behavior of hurricanes remains one of the great new horizons open before us.