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Explore outer space with Elon Musk’s SpaceX simulator

All aboard the Crew Dragon 2!

Earlier this month, Elon Musk confirmed that he’s working with Tom Cruise and NASA to shoot a film in space. Now, Musk’s SpaceX programme is bringing a slice of the cosmos to our homes with an online simulator that allows you to step inside its Crew Dragon spacecraft.

The simulator uses the same interface used by NASA astronauts to pilot the SpaceX Dragon 2 vehicle to the International Space Station. “Crew Dragon missions will autonomously dock and undock with the space station, but crew can take manual control of the spacecraft if necessary,” wrote SpaceX on Twitter.

Still, users can have a go at manually docking the International Space Station using a series of up and down, left and right arrows (yes, really). But “movement is slow in space and requires precision”, reads a description on the site – in other words, it’s not as easy as it looks. You can have a go yourself here.

In 2022, Musk’s company SpaceX will be sending its first cargo mission to Mars, followed by a second mission with crew in 2024, with hopes to build a thriving city and, eventually, a self-sustaining community. We asked an expert how to have sex in space, because even with the most advanced technology and the most rigorous training, we’re human, all too human.