NASA's innovative approach to astronaut training immerses them in a virtual reality (VR) experience of a lunar space station, the Gateway, which is still under development.

This method allows astronauts to familiarise themselves with their future deep space home before it even exists.

Unlike typical metaverse activities that involve trading assets and exploring virtual worlds, NASA and SpaceX's use of VR is focused on preparing the first humans destined to inhabit space for their missions.

Gateway is envisioned as a multifunctional hub, serving as a next-generation science lab, a solar-powered spacecraft, and a living space for international astronauts.

This cutting-edge training prepares astronauts for the unique challenges of living and working in deep space, highlighting NASA's commitment to using advanced technology to push the boundaries of human space exploration.