Only a small batch of humans will ever get to experience the wonders and terrors of spacewalking within the next decade, but now you can safely get a taste in virtual reality through Home — A VR Spacewalk. The 15-minute session outside the International Space Station is free and available now for the HTC Vive and Oculus Rift virtual reality headsets. The virtual spacewalk is a result of a collaboration between London-based digital production studio Rewind, BBC Science, BBC Learning, BBC Digital Storytelling, NASA, and the ESA. Originally created for the HTC Vive using Epic Games’ Unreal Engine 4, Home — A VR Spacewalk began making its initial appearances at events starting in June 2016, but is now made generally available. In Home, virtual astronauts step into the shoes of Tim Peake as he ventures out into space 250 miles above the Earth. His most recent trip to the space station lasted 186 days with lots of coffee in tow, and concluded when he touched ground in June 2016. Peake didn’t return to space until he donned the HTC Vive in early November to experience the very virtual spacewalk he helped create. “That’s cool! Read more here…

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