The National Geographic Channel has revealed the first 3D, 360-degree video of space as a part of its new documentary series “One Strange Rock.” We took a virtual tour with the astronauts aboard the International Space Station while hearing their thoughts on the enormity of space, and it left us speechless.
A special delivery arrived at the space station last November: a state-of-the-art Vuze VR camera which make video in 360°. European Space Agency astronaut Paolo Nespoli brought the camera with him during his daily routine on the station. Nespoli received unique training on the device from series filmmaker Darren Aronofsky himself, who gave the Italian astronaut a crash course in VR filming via Skype. To experience the full impact of the video, watch it on your smartphone while wearing your favorite VR headset.
The video begins in low Earth orbit. An instrumental prelude plays as the space station approaches. The welcoming voice of retired Canadian astronaut Chris Hadfield relates how his 166 days in space changed his world view, both literally and metaphorically.
Nespoli carries the trusty camera through the tight quarters of the space station, providing viewers with a 360-degree perspective of life aboard the outpost in the sky. Nespoli also recorded super-high-definition footage of NASA astronaut Peggy Whitson, the first woman to command the space station.
The italian astronaut also captured some photograph of the breathtaking views from the station’s many windows, and in the video, his retired colleagues recount the transformations they experienced while peering through these portals.