NASA EXOPLANET EXCURSION VR
Avaliable for: YouTube 360-degree, HTC Vive, Oculus Rift
Another strong contribution the Spitzer Space Telescope made was the analysis of the unique TRAPPIST-1 planetary system, which had its news spread further than just the scientific community and even caught the public’s attention. Spitzer was able to reveal some important details about the individual planets, and now NASA has created this virtual reality (VR) app in commemoration of its achievements.
The full interactive experience is available for those with a HTC Vive or Oculus Rift VR headset, but for the less fortunate the experience is also available as a 360-degree YouTube video – all that needs to be searched for is the title of the app. The video takes you on a tour of the seven Earth-sized planets located just 40 light years away from Earth. A comparison to Earth for each world emphasises their close resemblance to our home planet, and shows what potential the TRAPPIST-1 system has.
The HTC Vive costs in theregion of £499 (or $499)TRAPPIST-1 is a red dwarf star; it is far less powerful than our Sun.