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Now you may an opportunity to take a virtual walk on the Moon in New York. Samsung has developed “giant leap for mankind” down to Earth by launching an out-of-this-world virtual-reality (VR) experience in New York City.
The headline of the mission is “A Moon for All Mankind” which is going to open to the public for the next year in honor of the big 50th anniversary celebration in 2019.
It is going to open in the city’s Meatpacking District July 19 — one day before the anniversary of the Apollo 11 moon landing.
So that walk on the Moon will be as realistic as possible, Samsung worked with NASA to not only create a correct replica of the lunar landscape but also design flight suits and a “gravity offload rig” to help simulate the lower gravity on the moon, which is about one-sixth the gravity on Earth.
“The experience, the whole thing from start to finish — getting here, getting the briefing, getting dressed — is just like we would do for training events or for real spaceflight,” NASA astronaut Mike Massimino, who also tried out the VR experience, said in a video Samsung officials recorded during his visit. “You need help to get your clothes on when you’re going to space, and it was the same thing here.”
“There’s a roomful of people watching you, but you sort of still feel that isolation, hear your heartbeat, hear the breathing,” Massimino said. “You hear Capcom talking to you, and it’s just you on the moonscape.”
Overton said Samsung aims to use VR technology “to democratize experiences, events, cultural moments that are typically reserved for the elite few.” While only 12 men have ever walked on the moon in real life, Overton said “we feel like it should be democratized; it should be something that everybody can experience.”
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