This Is How Astronauts Practice Jetpack Missions in Space

Illustration for article titled This Is How Astronauts Practice Jetpack Missions in Space

Forget your Oculus Rift or Google Cardboard. In the International Space Station, virtual reality is vitally important—but a rather more makeshift affair.

Advertisement

In this image, posted to Twitter by astronaut Terry W. Virts, you can see how astronauts train to use their jetpacks before missions in space. Yes, that's a laptop strapped to his face. On it runs a sophisticated VR simulator, allowing the virtual piloting of the Simplified Aid for EVA Rescue (SAFER) jet packs, which are warm during space walks in case anything causes them drift out into the vast nothing. Pays to practice, then. [Terry W. Virts/Twitter via Engadget]

Share This Story

Get our newsletter

DISCUSSION

when will we do the 2001 rotating ring to generate gravity?