Yes, that’s Commander Chris Hadfield wearing the Oculus Rift. (And yes, the Internet just exploded.)

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hadfield_VR Floating in a most peculiar way: Astronaut Chris Hadfield sports an Oculus Rift headset at TED2014. Photo: Ryan Lash.

Oculus VR may have won the headlines today by, you know, being acquired by Facebook for $2 billion. But last week it won the hearts and minds of the TED crowd. First, former NFL punter Chris Kluwe showed footage of a guy wearing an Oculus Rift headset and riding a virtual rollercoaster (video shown, bottom — jump to the 1:10 mark to watch things really get interesting). Kluwe, discussing the challenge of making sports more entertaining and engaging for spectators, asked the literal multi-million dollar question, “How do we make it more immersive?” His answer: “We take that next step by going to something called the Oculus Rift. This has been described as one of the most realistic virtual reality devices ever created. That is not empty hype.”

hadfield_ISS Chris Hadfield admires a virtual representation of the…

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