A Short Demo of Immersive Virtual Reality Education's Apollo 11 Experience
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I just tried out Immersive Virtual Reality Education's Apollo 11 Experience. (http://immersivevreducation.com/) It's beautiful!
It hard to describe what this all looks like in VR and how it makes you feel. The whole VR aspect makes it look like you are there. It's a slightly cartoony version of reality, but the effect is still that you feel like you are in the environment and seeing everything as if you were really there. And it is inspiring. Very inspiring.
I left a lot out so it wouldn't give the whole thing away. There are two modes - cinematic where it's all scripted and you just look around, watch and listen, and interactive where you get to explore and actually control the ships during maneuvers and walk around on the moon. This video just has a few scenes from the cinematic view. There is also an alignment difference in what you see from what I see. I was always looking a little lower and to me everything I was staring at was centered in the view but in this capture, it looks like I was looking above where I was actually looking. You still get the idea, however. It's stunning.
Some of the scenes include floating around in space for the burn that sends them to the moon, or undocking from the LEM for its descent to the moon and you can look down at the earth as you fly above it, at the moon, and so on. It's really breathtaking because in VR, you see it full size, you have the depth and distance between you and the earth or moon, etc. The rocket is huge. The LEM is really big. You know what the original videos and broadcasts looked like and you don't get the scale or view it like you were there. In the Apollo 11 Experience you do get the scale and you see things as if you were there. It's hard to describe. You just have to experience it for yourself. And in virtual reality.
Please support these folks. And especially if you have a VR headset, you really want to get this. It's only $14.99 on Steam (http://store.steampowered.com/app/457...) and worth every penny. This is the future of education and they used 3D models built from NASA blueprints to build this. This $14.99 program represents an immense amount of work.