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Life In 360°: Old Traveller

Space may be the final frontier but one machine’s final resting place is very much on the ground.

It seems like only yesterday when I was writing on VRFocus  about how American institution The Smithsonian seems to be cropping up on VRFocus with increasing regularity. (Although as it happens it was only last week.) The internationally renowned archive, research complex and museum covers all manner of topics from art and design through to science and nature – and just last week Google’s own Arts & Culture YouTube channel took a trip there to find out more about one of the human race’s most faithful creations. Something that has travelled more miles than perhaps anything currently on the Earth barring perhaps two of its siblings.

Life In 360° / 360 Degree VideoWe travel with Google to the National Air and Space Museum complex at the Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center in Virginia, where sits NASA Orbiter Vehicle OV-103 – better known to the world as the Space Shuttle Discovery.  First launched in 1984, and retired following its final mission in 2011, the Discovery shuttle flew more missions than any other orbiter.

“Step aboard Discovery and explore the space shuttle in 360. National Air and Space Museum and Google Arts & Culture have teamed up to bring a piece of Hubble’s history to life like never before. Join two of the astronauts who helped deliver Hubble to orbit as part of STS-31 mission—Maj Gen Charlie Bolden and Dr. Kathy Sullivan— and explore inside the Space Shuttle Discovery at the Museum’s Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center.  ”

We’ll be back on Friday with another example of 360 degree video. Where in the world will we go next? Tune in at the usual time to see.

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