NASA’s Holoportation Project Becomes Real, as a Doctor “Arrived” on the ISS

NASA’s Holoportation Project Becomes Real, as a Doctor “Arrived” on the ISS

Communicating across vast distances was first seen as a completely unfeasible scenario, but today we’re doing it all the time in so many forms. We can communicate with another person even if tens of thousands of kilometers are between us. It’s terrifying to imagine what could have happened to a person back in the Middle Ages if he had said that such things would be possible in the future.

But improvements seem to always be possible when it comes to technology. It’s also available for the ways we are communicating with one another. 

NASA flight surgeon “goes” to the ISS

According to, the new ‘holoportation’ technology of Microsoft made it possible for NASA flight surgeon Josef Schmid to “go” to the ISS without being physically there. In this way, others were able to communicate with the doctor’s hologram in real-time.

Schmid said as NASA’s website quotes:

This is completely new manner of human communication across vast distances,

Furthermore, it is a brand-new way of human exploration, where our human entity is able to travel off the planet. Our physical body is not there, but our human entity absolutely is there. It doesn’t matter that the space station is traveling 17,500 mph and in constant motion in orbit 250 miles above Earth, the astronaut can come back three minutes or three weeks later and with the system running, we will be there in that spot, live on the space station.

Holoportation is certainly a new word that we’ll all need to keep in mind. However, the technique is a bit different from what we’ve all seen in Star Trek and other sci-fi movies. Holoporation still needs the use of an augmented reality headset in order to see the person who appears as a hologram.

Cristian Antonescu

Even since he was a child, Cristian was staring curiously at the stars, wondering about the Universe and our place in it. Today he's seeing his dream come true by writing about the latest news in astronomy. Cristian is also glad to be covering health and other science topics, having significant experience in writing about such fields.

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