The XReality Center at the World Science Festival: Exploring the Frontiers of Space in VR

In June, The XReality Center joined the World Science Festival to host immersive experiences Exploring the Frontiers of Space in Virtual Reality as part of an all-day City Of Science. The XReality Center facilitated a series of six Virtual Reality experiences for participants to try on the HTC Vive and Oculus Rift. Participants stepped abroad The International Space Station with astronaut Samantha Cristoforetti from the European Space Agency as their guide, visited the James Webb Space Telescope at its orbit point beyond the Moon, and took a breathtaking spacewalk inspired by NASA’s training program.

Our curious crowd of young participants ages 3 – 15 were excited to try Virtual Reality for the first time. The XReality Center aims to educate and advance the study of emerging technologies in the areas of virtual, augmented, and mixed realities. We hope the children, parents, and students who visited our station were inspired to learn more about this emerging medium and its used to advance design and science.

We would like to thank our amazing team of High-school volunteers who helped us facilitate the event. If you are interested in viewing any of the experiences shown at the World Science Festival, please check our events page to visit the center. For questions, please email Maya Georgieva.

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At our station, a volunteer helps our participant navigate The James Webb Space Telescope in VR.
Tracy from The XReality Center trains our team of volunteers on how to use the Virtual Reality headsets
Tomas from The XReality Center assists a younger participant exploring Virtual Reality.