From 14-18 October 2019, SpaceBuzz was presented to over 125 astronauts and cosmonauts from across the world at the annual meeting of the Association of Space Explorers in Houston. The overwhelmingly positive response SpaceBuzz received from astronauts was humbling and further strengthens our mission to bring this experience to millions of children worldwide. The immersive VR experience was perceived as very realistic by the astronauts. In the words of British astronaut Helen Sherman: “This Spacebuzz experience actually made me feel quite like I was back in space”. The value of experiencing the Overview Effect – a cognitive shift in awareness often experienced by astronauts while viewing the Earth in the immeasurable vastness of space – was widely recognized by the astronauts. “When I was in space, being able to look down at the earth and realize that I’m looking down at 7 billion people. Our job is to take care of each other and take care of our environment at the same time” said American astronaut Guy Gardener. It was even indicated by some astronauts that we should move beyond school children. “I think we should take it to the UN and make all the world leaders do the same” commented Iranian-American astronaut Anousheh Ansari.
by Marleen Arts