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Astronaut Edgar Mitchell was the sixth man to walk on the moon, and upon his return to earth he had a profound mystical experience. Being able to see the earth from space expanded his worldview about human’s role on the planet and the nature of human consciousness. Other astronauts also reported being profoundly affected by seeing the earth from a third-person perspective in space, and Frank White coined this phenomena as the Overview Effect. It’s described as “a feeling of awe for the planet, a profound understanding of the interconnection of all life, and a renewed sense of responsibility for taking care of the environment.”

Ryan Holmes was so inspired by this vision of the Overview Effect that he wanted to see if it’d be possible to recreate it for everyone through the power of virtual reality. After a number of different iterations, SpaceVR announced at SVVR Conference and Expo that they have raised a $1.25 million seed financing round led by Shanda Group with participation from Skywood Capital.

I had a chance to catch up with Ryan at SVVR to talk about SpaceVR’s plans to eventually bring live VR feeds from space, the logistics of launching a satellite with VR cameras, and some of the educational and experiential offerings that they plan on providing in the future. Today’s podcast also features an interview with astronaut Edgar Mitchell that I conducted in 2009 at the Institute of Noetic Sciences conference, which is the frontier science research institute that he founded in 1973 to study the anomaly of consciousness.

I cant wait until this Space VR program gets off the ground. For 99.99% of the current population this could be the closest we get to actually being in space. The views form space would definitely be awe inspiring and put perspective of ourselves in the universe. I encourage people to listen to this podcast from Kent Bye & Astronaut Edgar Mitchell on Space VR, its extremely ineresting.

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I just did the Apollo 11 VR Interactive Adventure available on steam for Vive and Oculus Rift.
It did exactly that and much much more. If anyone is a fan of the Apollo 13 movie (like i have been since i was a kid) then this game/demo is worth every penny and justice isnt done on it if its not in VR.
You get to manually control certain parts of the mission and are basically along for an entire hr long recap of the Apollo 11 mission.
At the very end there is a shot looking out at Mars and then it fades to black. My hope is that whoever makes it to the surface of Mars first takes a 360 degree VR camera and the abilty to transmitt the feed back to the Earth.


It was incredible and i made a video of the whole playthrough if anyone is interested.
Warning: Spoiler! (Click to show)

Edited by Chachi123 - 6/25/16 at 9:07pm
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