Editor’s note: Felix&Paul Studios’ Artemis Ascending 360-degree VR experience begins August 29 at 7:33 a.m. EDT (1133 GMT). A pre-recorded Artemis 1 video will play above until the start time.
NASA’s Artemis 1 lunar mission is ready to launch into space this week, and you can join a live ringside experience.
Artemis Ascending will use 360-degree virtual reality to give participants the feeling of standing close to the Artemis 1 mission when it lifts off no sooner than Monday (August 29). You can virtually witness NASA’s most powerful rocket to date, the Space Launch System (SLS) megarocket, as it lifts the Orion spacecraft on a journey to the moon. Taking off is announced 8:33 am EDT (1233 GMT).
Felix&Paul Studios aims to make the launch accessible to viewers who have access to Oculus Quest headsets (opens in new tab) or can Check it out on the Space Explorers Facebook page (opens in new tab). The event starts at 7:33 am EDT (1133 GMT) and go through the last countdown and start. You can also see it in one of 200 domes and planetariums around the world.
If you’re looking for a non-VR live stream of the launch, you can watch the Artemis 1 launch on Space.com, courtesy of NASA TV, starting at 6:30 a.m. EDT (1030 GMT).
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The live stream will be hosted by retired NASA astronauts Karen Nyberg and Doug Hurley on Meta Quest, and below is a list of places to catch the historic lunar mission.
The list of domes is available through this Felix&Paul login link (opens in new tab) and a partial list of participating entities (live and on-demand) includes:
- Cosm Experience Center (Salt Lake City, Utah);
- US Space and Rocket Center (Huntsville, Alabama);
- Virginia Air & Space Science Center (Hampton, Virginia);
- Liberty Science Center (Jersey City, NJ);
- Adler Planetarium (Chicago);
- Discovery Place Science (Charlotte, North Carolina);
- Rio Tinto Alcan Planetarium (Canada);
- Telus Spark Science Center (Canada);
- Planetário da Unipampa (Brazil);
- Planetarium of the Royal Observatory (Belgium);
- Museon Omniverse (Netherlands);
- Planetarium Tycho Brahe (Denmark);
- Planetarium Hamburg (Germany);
- La Coupole (France);
- Planetarium Lucerne (Switzerland);
- Observatory and Planetarium Armagh (Ireland);
- Netanya Planetarium (Israel);
- Rangsit Science Center for Education (Thailand);
- Museum Victoria (Australia).
Felix & Paul is an immersive studio based in Montreal, Canada. The studio’s originals include the Space Explorers series, productions starring franchises like Jurassic World, and comedy specials for Just for Laughs starring Trevor Noah, Lilly Singh and other celebrities.
If you’re looking to get into virtual reality, check out our best VR headset guide for immersive gaming, virtual cinema experiences, or interactive workouts. Our review of the Oculus Quest 2 gave it a near-perfect 4.5 stars, making it our favorite headset at the moment.