Google takes you on a ‘virtual field trip’ to the International Space Station

June 11th, 2020

With concerts getting canceled and people being cooped up at home, establishments such as museums, zoos, and amusement parks are offering virtual tours to keep everyone safe and entertained amidst the COVID-19 pandemic. But, learning is obviously not limited to the abovementioned sites.

Aside from these “digital offerings”, the global space station (otherwise known as the International Space Station) has also opened its doors to give the general public an out-of-this-world experience, quite literally—thanks to Google Arts and Culture.

Screengrab from Google Arts and Culture

Powered by the company’s Street View technology, this 360-degree tour provides space geeks (actually anyone who’s interested) access to the 21-year-old space station from the comfort of their home. Just by clicking the on-screen arrows, you can now get a closer look at the station’s long and winding tunnels the equipment-packed rooms. 

According to NASA, the International Space Station (ISS) “serves as an elements habitat for its crew, a command post for orbital operations, and a port for the rendezvous and berthing of smaller orbiting vehicles. It functions as a orbital microgravity and life sciences laboratory, a testbed for new technologies in areas like life support and robotics, and a platform for astronomical and Earth observations.”

Check out this link if you’re ready to embark on a virtual tour around the world’s well-known space facility.

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