NASA VR / 360 video for Planetarium Shows and Informal Education

Curiosity 360 at Quela, sol 1462, Credit: NASA / JPL / MSSS / Seán Doran

Length:  ~ 5 minutes each
Cost:  Free
Last updated:  October 2018
Format: Live, interactive, and short clips/stills, with some fully immersive VR experiences
Software:  Digital Sky 2 buttons, Uniview instructions, Digitstar instructions, some Oculus Rift, some HTC Vive, and general media

Tagline:  “Step inside NASA's shoes.”

This is a collection of media and tools which includes 360 spherical images/videos using equirectangular warping.  Those should be usable by most digital planetarium systems, headset Virtual Reality, and smartphone VR setups, with minimum extra work to import them. There are also some true VR experiences.  Files are downloadable below, including videos. See the NASA Media Use Policy and the JPL Image Use Policy.

Latest addition: From NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center - James Webb 360 with audio, and James Webb at JohnsonInside Hurrican Maria in 360, and Moon Phases in 360 designed for system such as Science on a Sphere.

For the public to try at home, view these Youtube 360 videos using your smartphone, no goggles or other equipment is required.  Total length of the entire playlist is over 2.5 hours long (data charges may apply).  Pick your favorites and wow your friends and family with a rocket launch or trip to Mars!
There may be some third party content on this page.  NASA does not endorse third-party content.  Any third-party content is provided as examples of how NASA science can be used.  Any opinions, findings, conclusions, or recommendations expressed in third-party materials are those of the authors and do not necessarily reflect the views of NASA.

Possible uses for museums and educators include the following:

  • Use them inside your existing planetarium shows, e.g. live, "space update" or "sky tonight" shows (see more information below for talking points).
  • Use the alpha channeled images as accurate panoramas for Martian landscapes.
  • Use on your museum floor or library with a simple smartphone, computer, or even a full, professional VR rig.  Download for offline use to increase performance.  Third party VR player app(s) may be needed.
  • Use in the classroom or at a science festival with a smartphone or computer. Download for offline use to save on cellular data.  Third party VR player app(s) may be needed.

NASA 360 videos and VR experiences:

As more 360º video and VR NASA content is released, this page will be updated.

As always, feedback, bug reports, reporting broken links,  examples/instructions for other planetarium systems, tips, tricks, etc. are always welcome, just email us.

You may also like:  NASA's 3D model library for 3D printers, maker spaces, design/production studios, etc.

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Downloadable Files:
Resource Type: 
Multimedia: Audio
Multimedia: Images
Multimedia: Interactives
Multimedia: Planetarium Shows
Multimedia: Videos
NASA Funded Planetarium Shows
NASA Resources