Our free mobile-friendly version of the ISS Virtual Tour works with or without a VR headset!
The ISS Virtual Tour is a digital interactive tour of the International Space Station ideal for museums, libraries, and other informal education centers. Users are in full control as they explore immersive views of the Station’s interior and exterior in 6K resolution. The 55-inch touch screen can be lowered and enclosed in the traveling hard case.
The exterior perspective shows the complete ISS in extraordinary detail, with Earth in the background at an accurate scale. The user can rotate the station for a better view of each module. Tapping on a module highlights it and brings up a window with more information. Another tap takes the user inside that module to see the interior from an astronaut’s point of view! Icons in the 360-degree panoramas indicate “hotspots” with information about components ranging from the latest science experiments to everyday essentials such as the hygiene stations (bathrooms).
In contrast with the hotspots in Google Street View of the ISS, which offer only text descriptions, the hotspots in the ISS Virtual Tour include many short videos from ESA, NASA, and other sources demonstrating the facilities of interest.
A limitation of the ISS Virtual Tour is that it is designed for use with a large touch-screen monitor, whereas Google Street View works on any computer or mobile device. However, a free mobile-friendly version of the ISS Virtual Tour is available and is undergoing further development.
The ISS Virtual Tour is a unique, immersive way to engage users with the science, engineering, and beauty of the world’s only orbiting laboratory!