Simploring 2018 (11) The VR Planetarium Dome – Space Station Resort

For my simploring tour on January 17th/19th I picked “The VR Planetarium Dome – Space Station Resort” from scoop.it SL Destinations.  What caught my attention is that The VR Planetarium exsists since 2008(!) in Second Life and that I never heard about it before. And even Annie Oh (anniebrightstar)’s scoop.it SL Destinations just has one entry listed. The VR Planetarium Dome – Space Station Resort is owned by Ambrosius (andoni merlin).

The VR Planetarium Dome – Space Station Resort (1) – Landing and entering the capsule

The landmark led me to a small plattform just below of a huge turning spiral. Zooming out, I could see The VR Planetarium Dome below. The impression is that the dome and the attached steel construction are held in its hoovering position by the turning spiral. Stairs lead down to the top of the dome and further down to the attached construction. I went down to the top of the dome first. There’s a box, where you can grab a key card:
Find the key-card in a folder of your inventory and add it. The key-card attaches as HUD to open the doors in the asteroid. If you are wearing the score HUD, the key-card will also load your points at the main door of the asteroid.
Ok, for whatever this is necessary, I took the key card and went down to the construction. I peeked inside of the dome. It looked very interesting. I saw planets inside and changing backgrounds but postponed a visit and entered a capsule instead that I reached by climbing up a few stairs. I first didn’t realize that I entered the capsule of a rocket. I got 3 destionations offered: Asteroid Base, Asteroid Up and
Earth Repository. I selected Asteroid Base ….

Space Capsule 2: No-return point!!!
Space Capsule Call: COUNTDOWN 10…KEEP CLEAR!
Space Capsule 2 whispers: Systems GO, Autopilot is on command.
Space Capsule Call: Ignition
Space Capsule 2: Lift Off

And then I began my space flight, which ended tragically. The rocket stage separation failed…

Space Capsule 2: Proceeding to rocket stage separation
Second Life: You died and have been teleported to your home location

Ups …. I was home again. What was that? Did I forget wearing the key card that I got? Do I have to join a group? Ok, another try. I went back and entered the capsule again, wearing the key card on a HUD. Later I found out, that you don’t need the key card for a successful flight. I might have been a pure accident. Anyway, my 2nd space flight was successful and I landed at the Asteroid Base.

The VR Planetarium Dome – Space Station Resort (2) – Asteroid Base

Space Capsule 2: No-return point!!!
Space Capsule Call: COUNTDOWN 10…KEEP CLEAR!
Space Capsule 2 whispers: Systems GO, Autopilot is on command.
Space Capsule Call: Ignition
Space Capsule 2: Lift Off
Space Capsule 2: Proceeding to rocket stage separation
Space Capsule 2: Rocket stage separation complete
Space Capsule 2: Engines off, you are into orbit.
Space Capsule 2: Destination set to Asteroid Base.
Proceeding to a routine verification…
Stand by for a new communication in 1 minute, over.
Space Capsule 2: We are about to enter the asteroid’s gravitational field. Initializing protocol for landing.
Space Capsule 2: Approaching maneuver to Asteroid Base
Space Capsule 2: ARRIVED!

Hint: Once you arrived you have to get out of the capsule quickly, otherwise you’ll return to The VR Planetarium Dome with the capsule.

The Asteroid base is a steel construction attached to the asteroid. There’s a screen with pictures of the starry sky, constellations, nebulas together with explanatory texts. There’s also a sci-fi bar and a lock to enter the asteroid. Next to the lock is another box, where you can grab a space suit, another HUD for collection points, weapons. I also saw a score list. At this point you need the before mentioned key card to opperate the lock: First click the key card, then the lock – et voila! I didn’t wear the HUD nor the space suit or any weapons. Behind the lock you enter into a spiral tube and I walked inside. My exploartion once again ended quickly. I was attacked by aliens and soon “died” once again and was returned home.

This seems to be fun! I need doing it another time again wearing the according gear and weapons. Later I found the follwoing description: “This is not a game, it’s a challenge to your Second Life skills. There are no rules, use what you know, wear what you have, it’s not cheating if you just follow a few instructions.”

The VR Planetarium Dome – Space Station Resort (3) – Asteroid Up

My next journey led me to the Asteroid Up. This time you get inside of the asteroid where you can walk around a huge vessel of hot magma. The way around the vessel ends a lock where you need the key card once again – and enter the tube with the aliens this time from the other side. Luckily I didn’t meet any aliens enterting from here, but at some point the tube is blocked when you enter from this side.

The VR Planetarium Dome – Space Station Resort (4) – Earth Repository

I then selected Earth Repository for my last space flight. This flight passes the asteroid and leads to a sphere hoovering above a huge tube. Inside of the sphere you can sit down on a platform and watch videos like in and 3D video dome. I had a rollercoaster drive – impressive and very well made as it feels as if you’re sitting on the train. There are more 3D videos but I just saw the rollercoaster.
Besides sitting down and watching 3D videos you can also walk through a spiral tube down to the tube below of the sphere. I did that and I dared to jump down into the tube and landed in sea of green glibber. Touching a red dot at the wall the sea suddenly opened and I fall further down and ended in the hot magma of the asteriod. Incredibly, I didn’t die *winks*

The VR Planetarium Dome – Space Station Resort (5) – Earth Repository, the fall through the tube

Last but not least, I explored The VR Planetarium Dome. At the entry you find some explanatory pictures about Second Life. There are also teleporters to the Asteroid and the Earth Repository – but taking the rocket is way more fun!

The VR Planetarium Dome – Space Station Resort (6) – Entering the dome

The VR Planetarium Dome is a huge sphere, where you can take a seat and watch the space. The projected pictures are taken from the NASA/JPL/ESA/Hubble. Again, this is very impressive and for someone who likes taking pictures like myself …. WOW

The VR Planetarium Dome – Space Station Resort (7) – Impressions of inside of the dome

To sum it up: I had a very entertaining visit to The VR Planetarium Dome – Space Station Resort. And I haven’t really explored all of it. Fighting the aliens or watching more 3D videos, watching more pictures of the space with all the explanatory texts, or sitting longer in The VR Planetarium Dome could provide many many hours of fun. You can even dance in The VR Planetarium Dome with the space as a background and enjoy the fitting space music. It is a fantastic place to visit in Second Life.

Thank you so much Ambrosius (andoni merlin) for providing this gem for all of us! I did enjoy my visit a lot and might come back for a longer visit, if I find the time for it.

Landmark to The VR Planetarium Dome – Space Station Resort
http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Zebria/38/42/2564

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