Watch NASA’s Historic Rocket Launch Live In VR

All you need is a Meta Quest 2 or Meta Quest Pro VR headset.

After a series of delays due to technical difficulties, NASA’s Space Launch System (SLS) is set to launch later this week as part of the Artemis I mission. The uncrewed moon-orbiting mission will test out the absurdly powerful heavy-lift rocket before conducting another manned mission sometime around 2024.

The historic launch is set to take place on November 15th (Pacific Standard Time) at Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral, Florida and while tickets are sold out, you can still catch the action live in VR. Immersive production company Felix & Paul Studios has partnered with Meta and NASA to host a 4K 360-degree livestream of the historic launch in Horizon Worlds, Meta’s social VR metaverse.

All you have to do is log in to Horizon Worlds at 9:04pm PST on November 15th and head to a world called Venues. Here you can watch the launch live alongside fellow space fanatics or by yourself from the comfort of your own private viewing area.

Credit: NASA/Joel Kowsky

“The Apollo missions were televised worldwide in black and white, but the Artemis generation will experience the upcoming Moon missions, and future Mars missions, in an immersive and experiential way,” said Felix Lajeunesse, co-founder and creative director of Felix & Paul Studios. “This first immersive live-streaming is part of our ongoing mission which started with our Space Explorers series, to bring the public along for the ride on humanity’s next giant leap in human space exploration.”

No VR? No problem. Facebook will be hosting its own 8K livestream with multiple camera angles on November 15th. You can also watch the launch live in person at participating 360-degree fulldome locations. You can find a full list of domes and planetariums here.

Feature Image Credit: Meta

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