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A virtual reality camera captures life and science aboard the space station

[2019.11.13, Wed 19:03] Traveling 17,500 miles per hour, the space station orbits Earth 16 times in 24 hours, so every 90 minutes, the space station experiences a sunrise. Partnering with the ISS National Lab and Time, a team from Felix and Paul Studios launched a high quality 360 degree camera to space to help tell the story of science and life aboard the orbiting laboratory. The idea for the project came about after the studio worked on episodes of a virtual reality series called Space Explorers that showed astronauts training on Earth. "We wanted to bring the viewer to the International Space Station to be alongside astronauts to experience the reality and challenges of life in microgravity and be part of the journey of learning to live and do science in space." "The science is ultimately the most important thing we are doing on the space station," says Dylan Mathis, NASA's communications manager for the International Space Station Program. The footage coming back seems to be achieving the goal of immersing audiences in life aboard the space station. The footage is being shot not only as entertainment and outreach but also as a test of virtual reality technologies as a means of documenting space travel and camera operations in space.
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