Editor’s note: Felix & Paul Studios’ Artemis Ascending 360-degree VR experience will begin at 7:33 a.m. EDT (11:33 a.m. GMT) on August 29. A pre-recorded Artemis 1 video will play above until the start time.
NASA’s Artemis 1 lunar mission is ready to launch into space this week, and you can take part live in a ringside experience.
“Artemis Ascending” will use 360-degree virtual reality to give participants the feeling of standing close to the Artemis 1 mission as it lifts off no earlier than Monday (August 29). You can virtually witness NASA’s most powerful rocket to date, the Space Launch System (SLS) Mega Rocket, as it lifts the Orion spacecraft on a journey to the moon. Take-off is scheduled for 8:33 a.m. EDT (12:33 p.m. GMT).
Felix & Paul Studios aims to bring the launch to viewers who have access to Oculus Quest headsets (opens in a new tab) or can watch it on the Space Explorers Facebook page (opens in a new tab). The event will start at 7:33 a.m. EDT (11:33 a.m. GMT) and run the final countdown and launch. You can also watch it in one of the 200 domes and planetariums around the world.
If you’re looking for a non-VR live stream of the launch, you can watch the liftoff of Artemis 1 on Space.com, courtesy of NASA TV, from 6:30 a.m. EDT (10:30 a.m. GMT).
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The livestream will be hosted by retired NASA astronauts Karen Nyberg and Doug Hurley on Meta Quest, and below is a list of where you can catch the historic moon mission.
The list of domes is available via this registration link Felix&Paul (opens in a new tab) and a partial list of participating facilities (live and on-demand) includes:
- Cosm Experience Center (Salt Lake City, Utah);
- US Space and Rocket Center (Huntsville, Alabama);
- Virginia Air & Space Science Center (Hampton, Virginia);
- Liberty Science Center (Jersey City, New Jersey);
- Adler Planetarium (Chicago);
- Discovery Place Science (Charlotte, North Carolina);
- Rio Tinto Alcan Planetarium (Canada);
- Telus Spark Science Center (Canada);
- Planetario da Unipampa (Brazil);
- Planetarium of the Royal Observatory (Belgium);
- Museon-Omniversum (Netherlands);
- Tycho Brahe Planetarium (Denmark);
- Hamburg Planetarium (Germany);
- La Coupole (France);
- Lucerne Planetarium (Switzerland);
- Armagh Observatory and Planetarium (Ireland);
- Netanya Planetarium (Israel);
- Rangsit Science Center For Education (Thailand);
- Victoria Museum (Australia).
Felix & Paul is an immersive studio based in Montreal, Canada. Studio originals include the “Space Explorers” series, productions with franchises like “Jurassic World” and comedy specials for “Just for Laughs” starring Trevor Noah, Lilly Singh and other celebrities.
If you’re looking to get into virtual reality, check out our best VR headset guide for immersive gaming, virtual cinema experiences, or interactive workouts. Our review of the Oculus Quest 2 gave it a near-perfect 4.5-star rating, making it our favorite headset right now.
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