What’s it like to live on the International Space Station (ISS) and operate in microgravity conditions every day? What does it feel like to step out into space and look down on our planet more than 250 miles below as you conduct a spacewalk?
Soon, viewers will get an unprecedented glimpse into life onboard the ISS through a project sponsored by the ISS National Lab. At the Sundance Film Festival this weekend, TIME, in collaboration with Felix & Paul Studios, announced the production of a virtual reality (VR) series called “The ISS Experience” being filmed onboard the ISS. The series will capture what it’s like to live in space, including the first-ever filming of a spacewalk in cinematic VR.
To film the series, TIME and Felix & Paul Studios launched specialized VR camera systems designed to operate in microgravity to the ISS National Lab on SpaceX’s 16th commercial resupply services mission in December. Over the next year, ISS crew members will use the camera systems to capture footage that will allow viewers to experience life on the ISS like never before.
A panel at the Sundance Film Festival, which included ISS National Lab Associate Program Scientist Dr. Liz Warren, discussed the ISS National Lab-sponsored project and the VR technology being used to capture the footage. The project builds on TIME’s Emmy-nominated “A Year in Space” series and will be promoted across TIME’s print, digital, and social media platforms. Go here to learn more and to view the trailer!