engineering careers  National Geographic reveal 3D, 360-degree video tour of the International Space Station
engineering careers  National Geographic reveal 3D, 360-degree video tour of the International Space Station

As a part of its a documentary series – “One Strange Rock” – the National Geographic Channel has created a 360-degree VR tour of the International Space Station
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The stunning ‘experience’ follows astronauts aboard ISS as they share their thinking on the on the enormity of space.

How National Geographic Created the ISS VR Tour

The tour was created using a Vuze VR camera. Paolo Nespoli, a European Space Agency astronaut, brought the camera on board and received training from Darren Aronofsky – the series filmmaker – on Skype.


The video features super-star astronaut Chris Hadfield alongside former NASA astronauts Mae Jemison, Mike Massimino and Nicole Stott.

I took a look at the planet and just sort of let it sink in and then, I thought to myself, ‘This is something human eyes are not supposed to see. This must be the view from heaven Massimino

The video starts in low Earth orbit and follows Nespoli as he treks through the close quarters of ISS, providing the viewer with unique view-port into life onboard the station.

Alongside VR filming, Nespoli also worked with the team at National Geographic to create super-HD footage of the station’s astonishing views as well as documenting the last few days of NASA astronaut Peggy Whitson (the first woman to ever command ISS).