Channel officials have released the tantalizing news that they have made the first 3D Virtual Reality (VR) movie
The 3D VR movie is a 360-degree video tour of the International Space Station (ISS) and will be on National Geographic's One Strange Rock documentary
The incredible, one A unique VR movie will be screened next month in the episode of the May 28 series airing at 10pm SUMMER TIME. (1
For those of you who can not wait so long, National Geographic has posted a YouTube video that gives you a taste of what's coming and what you can see below. For the best possible experience, Space.com recommends watching the video on your smartphone with a VR headset.
According to the National Geographics YouTube channel, the idea of the 4-minute film is to give the audience the opportunity to experience what it feels like to go into Earth's orbiting laboratory.
The 3D VR film transports viewers to the ISS and allows them to experience the comfort of their own couch and work on the space station.
These include the "magic of weightlessness", the feeling of spinning around the globe at 17,000 miles per hour, and the perception of the time that comes from life in space.
The National Geographic Channel has unveiled the first 3D 360-degree video of space as part of its new documentary series "One Strange Rock." We did a virtual tour with the astronauts aboard the International Space Station while watching their … https://t.co/XQRkl8ialZ
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More importantly, the Virtual Reality short film offers viewers a completely unique perspective of planet Earth as seen from outer space. That could only change how you think about the earth, "notes the caption on the YouTube video.
The long-awaited sequence was filmed by none other than astronaut Paolo Nespoli (the same guy who made pizza at All Pizza)
The Italian Astronaut, One of the two Flight Engineers of Expedition 52-53, filmed a moving video tour documenting life on the ISS, showing many of his astronaut colleagues, including NASA Peggy Wilson, the first woman ever to command the space station last day on the ISS reported before the end of Expedition 52, Space.com 19659003] The 3D VR movie also features former NASA astronauts Mae Jemison, Mike Massimino and Nicole Stott, who talk about how it feels to watch the Earth from space every day and see our home planet in all its beauty. #VR Film shot in space: https://t.co/QiFUoj0MMl #VirtualReality #Filmaking
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"I looked at the planet and just let it in," says Massimino in the video as the scene turns on a view of the earth slowly turning down.
"And then I thought of it myself: This is something human eyes should not see, this must be the view from the sky," says Massimino.
The three astronauts join former Canadian astronaut Chris Hadfield, who appears early in the film. Hadfield provides an inspirational monologue about what his experience on the ISS taught him: "The world for what it really is: Home."
The impressive 3D 360-degree virtual reality sequence for the One Strange Rock was filmed using a state-of-the-art Vuze VR camera, which National Geographic shipped to the ISS last November specifically for this purpose Has.
Nespoli even received a Skype crash course on VR shooting of the series's director, award-winning filmmaker Darren Aronofsky, Space.com .