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Jumping on an Asteroid: How Virtual Reality Is Being Used to Visit Worlds We Can Never Reach

Jumping on an Asteroid: How Virtual Reality Is Being Used to Visit Worlds We Can Never Reach

I’m standing so close to the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency’s Hayabusa2 asteroid lander that I could reach out and touch it. But instead, I jump onto it. I strike a pose. As I jump off, I float for a moment in the low air. gravity Before you gently touch the surface of Ryugu, a rugged gray world devoid of life and color.

“I”In this situation, my avatar, a digital approximation of myself, has a more consistent beard length and is not constantly rubbing her eyes from sleep. The Hayabusa 2 spacecraft I am standing on, asteroid Below, there are also digital avatars, recreated in Virtual Reality.