NASA astronaut Terry Virts reflected on the possibilities of Virtual Reality (VR) technology in the future of space-travel, in an exclusive interview on the sidelines of the Starmus Festival in Trondheim, Monday.

"The physiological component of space life is the most important component," Virts said, noting that "Russian psychologists really understood that. They would send us sounds from Earth like birds or rain or a crowded cafe."

"Those little things were really important. And using VR would be really good for a crew on a long duration mission," Virts explained.

Russian cosmonaut Andrei Borisenko was also present with Virts and the two shared memories from their spaceflights.

The fourth Starmus International Festival that celebrates astronomy, space exploration, chemistry, physics, art and medicine will run from June 18 until June 23 at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU) in Trondheim.

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