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High-tech outer-space experience open in Tacoma

"The Infinite" uses technology to mimic the feeling of being in outer space.

First it was Van Gogh paintings, then dinosaurs. …

Add outer space to the growing list of high-end, high-tech immersive experiences.

“The Infinite,” happening at the Tacoma Army, is described as “the first and largest collective virtual reality experience to send visitors on a mind-bending journey into space.”

The 60-minute experience has guests exploring a full-scale replica of the International Space Station. A combination of virtual reality, multimedia art, soundscapes, light design fragrance is designed to mimic the feeling of being in outer space.

The exhibit is an extension of the recent TV series, “Space Explorers: The ISS Experience,” the largest production ever filmed in space. In more than 250 hours of high-end virtual reality footage it documented the life of eight astronauts inside and outside the space station. It includes footage from the first-ever cinematic spacewalk.

The interactive experience arrived in the Northwest after runs in Montreal and Houston. Its run was recently extended through Sept. 5.

 

Outer-space experience, important notes: Kids must be 8 or older to participate. Play with times and dates to get the best prices. The lowest we found was $15 for kids and $48 for adults. There are group discounts (10+ people) and a reduced mobility discount. The exhibit is wheelchair accessible. Masks are required.

Hours for the exhibit are 10 a.m.-7 p.m. Monday, Wednesday, Thursday and Sunday; 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Friday and Saturday. Find more information and FAQ here.

To get a better idea of what this is all about, here’s a video preview:

 

 

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More background on the outer-space experience: The exhibit was created by Infinity Experiences, a joint venture between PHI Studio and Felix & Paul Studios, two major pioneers in the XR industry. It is the world’s first large-scale interactive and collective experience around space exploration. “The Infinite” embarked on a world tour in December 2021 and will stop in three cities per year until 2026.

 

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Julie Hanson

Julie Hanson is the website editor for Seattle's Child. She is a longtime journalist, South King County resident and mom to a 13-year-old girl.