March 3, 2021

New Resource: Smithsonian’s National Air and Space Museum Brings Space Shuttle Discovery to Google Arts & Culture (Virtual Tours, 360-Degree Video, and More)

From the Smithsonian:

The National Air and Space Museum and Google Arts & Culture are celebrating the anniversary of Space Shuttle Discovery’s first launch, Aug. 30, 1984, by launching artifacts, exhibits and tours into the virtual world. Now, more than 200 space shuttle artifacts, several digital exhibitions, virtual tours and a 360-degree video inside Discovery with astronauts Kathryn Sullivan and Charles Bolden can be viewed online on Google Arts & Culture.

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The 360-degree video offers a rare glimpse inside NASA’s oldest and most accomplished orbiter with Sullivan and Bolden recounting what it was like to live and work in the spacecraft—from the cramped living quarters to deploying the Hubble Space Telescope. The virtual exhibits introduce online visitors to Discovery’s rich history and interesting occupants, including many of the groundbreaking women of the shuttle era.

A Google Cardboard tour is also available, which will give online visitors a chance to take a private, virtual tour around the space shuttle with the host of the museum’s podcast, AirSpace.

Direct to Space Shuttle Discovery (via Google Arts & Culture)

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About Gary Price

Gary Price (gprice@mediasourceinc.com) is a librarian, writer, consultant, and frequent conference speaker based in the Washington D.C. metro area. Before launching INFOdocket, Price and Shirl Kennedy were the founders and senior editors at ResourceShelf and DocuTicker for 10 years. From 2006-2009 he was Director of Online Information Services at Ask.com, and is currently a contributing editor at Search Engine Land.

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