NASA Is Now Training Astronauts In VR

Mar 28, 2017 at 12:31 PM ET

NASA is using the Unreal Engine—made for video games—to recreate the International Space Station so that aspiring astronauts can train in virtual reality. A robotic crane works in conjunction with the VR app to simulate microgravity. Astronauts practice various maintenance exercises in the virtual ISS. NASA also plans to design a virtual Mars habitat using the system.