Astronaut Charlie Duke to Walk on the Moon 43 Years after his first trip with thanks to the Oculus Rift virtual reality headset and Immersive VR Education

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Figure 1 – Charlie Duke

Apollo 16 Astronaut and the youngest man ever to walk on the moon Charlie Duke will take a trip down memory lane as he gets to experience walking on the moon once more but this time as part of the Apollo 11 crew with thanks to Immersive VR Education an Irish company creating virtual reality experiences for use in education.

Charlie was on Capcom for the Apollo 11 mission on 20th July 1969 and it’s his voice that can be heard from mission control on that historic day when Neil Armstrong became the first man to walk on the moon. Duke’s first words to the Apollo 11 crew on the surface of the Moon were flustered, “Roger, Twank… Tranquility, we copy you on the ground. You got a bunch of guys about to turn blue. We’re breathing again. Thanks a lot!”

Charlie was part of the backup crew for Apollo 13 and finally got to walk on the moon himself in April 1972 as Lunar module pilot of Apollo 16. He spent a total of three days on the moon and got to drive the famous moon rover over its surface. Charlie is travelling over to the EU to open the Gateway to Space Exhibition in Brussels on Saturday 18th July where Immersive VR Education will have a virtual reality demo exhibit setup for the public to try out from themselves. Charlie will get to try out a new updated version of The Apollo 11 VR Experience which will take him all the way to the moon for that historic first step.

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Figure 2 – Apollo 11 VR experience

David Whelan C.E.O of Immersive VR Education stated “Our Apollo experience puts you into the shoes of Neil Armstrong and you can experience first-hand what it was like to live through the most famous journey in history. We are trying to make this experience as authentic as possible and having Charlie try this out will allow us to get the best possible feedback to make sure we get everything right.” David goes on to say “Virtual Reality is how our kids and grandkids are going to experience history in the future. We want to make sure that we tell the story of the Apollo programme correctly and we hope to inspire future space travellers to reach for Mars”.

The Apollo 11 VR experience was successfully crowed funded on Kickstarter earlier this year and will be available at the launch of the Oculus Rift virtual reality headset in Q1 of 2016.

Links

www.immersivevreducation.com / www.expo-space.be / www.oculusvr.com

AUDIO FROM CHARLIE DUKE