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Virtual reality beaches in Antarctica beating isolation and helping future astronauts

10357054-3x2-700x467Expeditioners at Australia's Antarctic stations are using virtual reality to help them cope during months of isolation — and the research could be used for astronauts going to Mars.

"The virtual reality scenes they're looking at are Australian beach scenes, European nature scenes and North American nature scenes of forests and urban environments," he said.

"That's there to bring them back to reality, to give them a sense of being in a virtual space that is different from the isolation of the whiteness and silence of Antarctica."

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