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Using Virtual Reality Goggles On The Space Station

By Keith Cowing
Status Report
January 21, 2023
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Using Virtual Reality Goggles On The Space Station
VR Goggles

Expedition 68 Flight Engineer Koichi Wakata of the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) wears virtual reality goggles and practices for the unlikely emergency scenario of becoming untethered from the International Space Station during a spacewalk.

The virtual training familiarizes astronauts with operating the jet pack attached to their Extravehicular Mobility Units, or spacesuits, to safely return to the orbiting lab in the event they become detached during a spacewalk. The jet pack is also known by its longer name Simplified Aid for EVA Rescue, or SAFER.

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