Astronauts who have been to space often talk about looking down on the Earth and seeing the blues, greens and browns of the planet stretch out below them

Once they see the planet against the blackness of space, some astronauts and cosmonauts experience a perspective shift known as the “overview effect” — a phenomenon in which, after seeing the world from above without national borders, they feel a closer kinship with all of humanity, regardless of nationality.

Imagine if millions of people could experience a little piece of the overview effect without ever leaving Earth. That’s the lofty ambition of SpaceVR: to help the planet-bound feel like they’ve left Earth behind and are floating in the weightlessness of the International Space Station. Read more…

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VR will let you fly above the planet from the comfort of your couch