Watch Live: A Real Astronaut Tries Virtual Reality Space Game ‘Adr1ft’
Does actual reality match virtual reality?
Wednesday at 3PM Eastern time, former astronaut Mike Massimino will try to survive in space after a deadly accident leaves him with a damaged EV suit and limited oxygen.
Then, instead of recovering from the trauma, he’ll immediately be interviewed about the experience by Popular Science editors.
That’s because the experience won’t be real. Instead, Massimino will be playing the virtual reality space survival game Adr1ft on the HTC Vive.
Currently a professor at Columbia and a senior advisor for space programs at the Intrepid Museum, Massimino has a slightly different perspective from almost anyone else who’s played the popular game.
Unlike the rest of us, Massimino has actually been to space, not once but twice, in 2002 and 2009, both missions to service the Hubble Space Telescope. Massimino has also been on spacewalks, logging a total of 30 hours and 4 minutes outside of the relative comfort of a spacecraft.
You can watch his progress live on Facebook and Twitch. After playing, Massimino will be interviewed by Popular Science editors Sarah Fecht and Carl Franzen.
If you can’t wait that long, prep for tomorrow by watching some of the Adr1ft gameplay in the preview below.