Audomarois: in the shoes of Thomas Pesquet with virtual reality headsets at La Coupole

You are not an astronaut, but you dream of going into space? La Coupole d’Helfaut allows you to touch this dream for a few minutes with virtual reality at the end of the year.



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The feet in the void, the head in the diving suit and the earth which is offered to you, more beautiful than ever, at the moment of hoisting yourself out of the international space station. This is the spectacle offered by the virtual reality helmets present at The Cupola of Helfaut since the beginning of the Christmas holidays. This device is added to the temporary exhibition on the subject of the French conquest of space, from the beginnings until now.


The idea is to travel very modestly in spaceExplain Nicolas Fioletastrophysicist and manager of the La Coupole planetarium. The fact of being in the first person, of being in the place of Thomas Pesquet, brings a very interesting immersive side to the exhibition. We have the feeling of being there, of participating in it. »

Virtual reality helmets which complete the exhibition on the subject of the French conquest of space. PHOTO JOHAN BEN AZZOUZ
Virtual reality helmets which complete the exhibition on the subject of the French conquest of space. PHOTO JOHAN BEN AZZOUZ – VDNPQR

Helmet screwed on the head, you will certainly not feel your body getting heavier or lighter, between take-off and weightlessness, but the few key passages like extravehicular walk in space will not leave you indifferent, even make you dizzy.

A possible extension

Initially, it was not plannedsays Mélanie Delplace, public relations manager. But we had a test proposal by the company La Vingt-Cinquième Heure, a production studio that followed Thomas Pésquet on his first space mission. La Coupole has ten virtual reality headsets. A rental for the two weeks of vacation which is around 4,000 euros but which does not change the price of the exhibition. Two viewings are possible, one of five minutes and another, longer, of fifteen.

At the end of the holidays, the La Coupole teams will meet to decide whether or not to extend this system. ” We have very good feedback from visitors, so it is likely that the virtual reality headsets will remain in place “, shit

says Melanie Delplace.

Convenient. Adult: €10.50. Reduced price: €9. Child (4-12 years old): €7.50. Family: €24 (2 adults + 1 child) + €4 per additional child. Free: under 4 and veterans. lacoupole-france.com





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