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Spitzer VR

NASA’s Spitzer Space Telescope concluded its 16+ year mission on January 30th, 2020. In recognition of its incredible scientific achievements the “Exoplanet Excursions” VR experience has been updated to include new modules describing the telescope that has enabled so much exoplanet research and discovery.

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NASA's Exoplanets Excursions

NASA’s Spitzer Space Telescope concluded its 16+ year mission on January 30th, 2020. In recognition of its incredible scientific achievements the “Exoplanet Excursions” VR experience has been updated to include new modules describing the telescope that has enabled so much exoplanet research and discovery.

The new Spitzer VR modules include a narrated tour of the telescope and an all-new interactive experience where you learn to control the telescope, see how it observes the sky from its unique vantage point in space, and collect data on a selection of objects that Spitzer has observed over the years.

The 2.1 release supports Oculus Rift (Oculus and Steam stores) and HTC Vive (Steam store). YouTube 360 versions of both narrated tours are available.

These modules have been added to the existing guided journey through the amazing TRAPPIST-1 star system, known to be the home of 7 Earth-size exoplanets orbiting a star that is only a little larger than Jupiter. This experience is based on the best current understanding of what these worlds could be like given their sizes, densities, and proximity to their star. While the planetary images are artistic extrapolations, the relative sizes and positions are all portrayed accurately. Spitzer, along with a number of other observatories on Earth and in Space, played a key role in discovering and characterizing the exoplanets of the TRAPPIST-1 system.

This experience was developed by the IPAC Communications & Education group and was initially released in conjunction with the 15th anniversary of NASA’s Spitzer Space Telescope mission. The new modules have been developed as part of the Spitzer Final Voyage celebration. NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory manages the Spitzer Space Telescope mission for NASA's Science Mission Directorate. Science operations are conducted at the Spitzer Science Center at Caltech.

VR 360° Video

The 360° videos can be downloaded for local viewing and even use in planetarium systems; the videos can also be accessed by Digistar Cloud searches.

NASA's Exoplanet Excursions

Spitzer Final Voyage


Release Notes

Version 2.1

  • Addition of haptic feedback
  • Addition of sound fx
  • Addition of music accompaniment in Spitzer interactive module

Version 2.0

  • Addition of Spitzer Space Telescope narrative experience
  • Addition of Spitzer Space Telescope interactive experience
  • Addition of new controller models and pointer
  • Addition of pause menu

Software Releases

Store Link Oculus Download Button Steam Download Button
Version Release Date 2.1 2/26/20 2.1 3/19/20
Content Modules
TRAPPIST-1 Tour    
Spitzer Tour    
Spitzer Interactive    
Hardware Support
Oculus Rift Headset    
HTC Vive Headset    

Direct Downloads

NASA's Exoplanet Excursions 2.1

NASA's Exoplanet Excursions 1.0

Videos