Experience what it's like to walk in space.
Marvel at the breathtaking site of Earth, Above and Beyond.
Feel the intensity and danger of being lost forever floating in space just like the Starman.
On June 3, 1965 Gemini 4 opened its hatch in the vacuum of space far above the Pacific Ocean. Out stepped the first American to walk in space, Lt. Col. Edward H. White II. Tethered to the Gemini, Ed White used an oxygen jet gun to propel himself out in space up to the end of his 8-meter tether three times by which his jet gun was depleted and he had to pull his way back to the capsule. Nevertheless, it was the first successful EVA (Extra Vehicular Activity) of the USA.
More than 50 years later with all the advancement and development in space travel, the International Space Station (ISS) now orbits the Earth. Missions to space via Space Shuttle and advanced spacecraft have become a common international Endeavor. Walking in space has usually become a part of those missions and the wonder that both the Astronauts and Cosmonauts live through as they look down the Earth and float or jet through space has become a most coveted and breathtaking experience.
Orbiting 250 miles above Earth and traveling at 17,000 miles per hour, your mission is to go outside the station and inspect damages caused by space debris. You start at the airlock and make your way through the hatch as you follow radio instructions to move outside in outer space. You are not alone (yet) as your fellow Astronaut will lend you a helping hand for you to be able to proceed with your task.
You finally get yourself strapped to the space arm which moves you to the damaged area while you enjoy the view of Earth, Above and Beyond. When you get to the damaged section, you tether yourself to the hull and move to where the actual damage is as ISS continues to radio instructions to you. You are instructed to take pictures of the damage so you open your toolbox to grab your camera but then...it spins of into space before you can hold it.
The ISS is under barrage once again from space debris and you sort of get hit and whirl into the depths of space like your camera as your tether breaks loose. You are now as the late David Bowie puts it, "Major Tom to ground control" as you float away from the ISS. Despite your precarious situation, from a VR point of view, the experience is breathtaking. You see everything to see in space as you float away. This time you are alone but not entirely helpless. You may not have an oxygen propel gun like Ed White but you've got a jet pack or SAFER as part of your suit's backpack.
ISS then instructs you to use your rocket thruster to steer your way back to the air lock of the station. This is the part where it gets tricky as you have a limited amount of fuel to make it back. Depending on timing and holding your direction steady, ISS will read you your fuel level as it goes down to 50 percent all the way down to depleted. You must be able to grab the hull bars or you won't make it. Worst case is you run out of fuel a distance from the station and so Houston, You have a problem. You freeze up as ISS radios you again and again to stand by and finally goes out. Either way, it's worth the VR experience.
Home - A VR Spacewalk is actually more of an awesome VR experience than a game. You get to experience what it's like to spacewalk and except for the last part where you make it back or not, the experience does not really give you the flexibility to do other things but that which is instructed to you. The view however is breathtaking and would really be awesome while listening to either David Bowie or Peter shilling and pretending to be Major Tom. BBC has done a great job in creating the experience considering it's a free VR demo. With VR experiences like these, one can somehow fulfill ones dream of being a Starman.
In memory of:
Lt. Col. Edward H. White II
(Nov.14, 1930 to Jan.27, 1967)
Was killed with Astronauts Roger Chaffee
and Virgil “Gus” Grissom in the Apollo 1