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Robert Pearlman

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posted 03-15-2016 11:05 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Robert Pearlman   Click Here to Email Robert Pearlman     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Immersive VREducation release
Apollo 11 VR Experience

On July 20, 1969, Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin became the first men to walk on the moon. You can now experience this event by becoming Neil Armstrong and boarding the Saturn V rocket, which is still to this day the most powerful machine ever created by humans.

Available soon on the Oculus Rift, HTC Vive and Playstation VR.


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posted 06-14-2016 11:10 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for SpaceAholic   Click Here to Email SpaceAholic     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Had my first exposure to this technology and the Apollo 11 simulation earlier this week. Even though early generation, still blew me away, particularly sitting in the CM and LM cockpits (lunar surface sequences not there yet). Very addictive tech.


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posted 07-29-2017 05:49 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for pharoid   Click Here to Email pharoid     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Just played the Playstation VR Apollo 11 experience. Absolutely amazing.

The experience begins in a 60s styled living room complete with egg chair, lava lamp, wood paneling and a scale module of the LEM as you watch and listen to President Kennedy’s famous speech about putting a man on the Moon.

From there you’re transported to the launch pad and view, from different angles, the awesomeness of the Saturn V rocket.

You then board the elevator and take the ride up to the command capsule. Once inside you really get the claustrophobic feel of the close quarters of the spacecraft and you feel as though you're actually in there with your fellow astronauts. I wish the astronauts’ likenesses were a little more spot on, but maybe they never got the rights to their images.

The instrument panels that surround you are extremely accurate. You can also look out of the spacecraft through several portholes.

The launch is well realized as the control pad rumbles in your hands to simulate the thrust of taking off and you see your fellow astronauts buffeting in their seats, all as the comm chatter plays in your ears. As you look out thru the portholes the color of the sky gradually changes from blue to the blackness of space.

The experience then cuts away to an external view from Earth orbit where the LEM is extracted and re-docks with the command ship. You listen to distances being called out and see the docking capture thru the viewport. Once again, the entire experience is heightened by the actual communication audio tracks from the original flight.

Once you reach the Moon, another external view shows the command module undock from the LEM which then begins to descend towards the Moon’s surface.

From there, you’re transported inside the LEM as you’re about to touch the Moon’s surface. You witness the Moon dust billowing up as the craft moves above the surface before touching down in the Sea of Tranquility. Even the 1201 and 1202 alarms are recreated as you approach the surface.

You then view Armstrong step off the LEM as he utters his famous quote and analysis of the lunar surface. The lunar panorama is nicely realized as the Sun bathes the surface in a white light. The terrain is fantastic and you have a 360 degree view of the area surrounding the LEM.

Blast off from the surface is the next major event and you can actually follow the tiny craft as it lifts toward the blackness of space.

The experience ends with the descent through Earth’s atmosphere as the capsule is heating up. You can see the bright light show outside the craft through the portholes and then suddenly you view the deployed parachutes.

Although I just viewed the experience passively, there are also several points where you can interact with the controls in the command module and LEM.

The only quibble I had was that at the end of the flight, as you’re viewing your fellow astronauts, they are all wearing Apollo 13 mission patches even though this is the Apollo 11 experience. This does not detract from the enjoyment I got reliving and witnessing an historic first.

Overall an amazing ride and the closest most of us will ever get to the Moon.

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