Astronauts Are Using Oculus Rift to Put Their Minds at Ease

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You might occasionally fantasize about floating through space, gazing on Earth from above or suiting up for a spacewalk. But astronauts’ daydreams might include just the opposite

Spending extended periods of time on space flights can be mentally taxing, studies show, and confinement on a spacecraft can result in feelings of depression or isolation, not to mention conflict between crew members

To help, scientists are working with the Oculus Rift virtual reality headset to offer astronauts a simulated trip back to Earth — whether that be strolling along the beach, sitting at the peak of a mountain or resting at home with family. It’s not the same as the real deal, of course, but researchers at Dartmouth’s Digital Arts Leadership and Innovation lab (DALI) believe virtual reality could help astronauts feel more at ease in unnatural surroundings Read more…

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