Solar Research Explorer:
Living Space VR
The Living Space project is an interactive VR space experience targeted for grade 6 and 9 students. Users can travel across the solar-system and learn about each planet they visit. The purpose of this project is to develop an understanding of the necessary factors that make a planet habitable.
Identify Planetary Conditions
Each planet has four conditions: Solar irradiance, H2O, CO2 and Temperature. In your tiny spaceship scan the planet to locate potential information and send a rocket in that direction to collect it. The Living Space project allows students to interpret that information, make comparisons with the data presented and come up with their own conclusions.
The amount of heat present on the planet. Too much heat creates a hostile environment for life to develop. Lack of heat also prevents life from thriving. Habitable planets fall within the "Goldilocks zone," which is not too hot and not too cold.
The amount of sunlight that reaches the surface. Sunlight brings heat to a planet's surface, and it is also a component of photosynthesis, which is the process plants use to create oxygen.
H2O, better known as water, is an essential resource for all life. Without it, flora and fauna cannot thrive. Planets with ample source of fresh water are more likely to incubate life.
An essential gas for plant life. The presence of C02 can allow plants to photosynthesize oxygen if the right amount of solar irradiance, H2O and a favorable temperature.
Bit Space Development Ltd. partnered with ZenFri Inc. to create the Living Space VR experience and the two companies donated the project to the Let’s Talk Science organization.