It’s time for fans of the virtual reality space to start their engines.
A new Oculus Quest and VR experience called “Artemis Ascending” will provide an immersive view of the launch pad when NASA’s historic Artemis 1 mission lifts off to the moon, no earlier than August 29.
There are many ways to participate in the Artemis Ascending livestream: on Horizon Worlds (opens in a new tab)on Facebook 360 on the Space Explorers page (opens in a new tab), and through partners that the company Felix & Paul Studios will later publish on its website. Felix & Paul is committed to making the experience accessible through telecommunications providers, as well as a collection of domes and planetariums around the world.
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The goal is to feel the roar of NASA’s Space Launch System (SLS) mega-rocket on its first mission as it lifts the Orion spacecraft on a journey to the moon. Felix & Paul Studios will place cameras around the launch pad in areas too close for humans to enjoy, meaning you’ll be even closer than any onlooker at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida. .
A senior Felix & Paul executive has drawn parallels to how audiences experienced the Apollo missions, which placed a dozen humans on the moon between 1969 and 1972. Broadcast innovations from the era include coverage live from the surface of the moon, as well as sending images. small spacecraft in which astronauts traveled.
“The Apollo missions were televised around the world in black and white, but the Artemis generation will experience the next lunar missions and future Mars missions in an immersive and experiential way,” said Felix Lajeunesse, co-founder and creative director of Felix & Paul, said in a statement.
Felix & Paul is an immersive studio based in Montreal, Canada, whose originals include the “Space Explorers” series, productions with franchises like “Jurassic World” and comedy specials for “Just for Laughs” featuring celebrities like Trevor Noah and Lilly Singh.
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