Orbiter is a space flight simulator for the PC. It is not a game. There are no missions, no levels – there is only your craft and the vastness of space. You can take off from the surface of the earth, reach orbit, dock with the ISS, make a round trip to the moon or even take a swing past Saturn.
When I still lived with Mel and Sam they saw me doing all this and wondered why. What was the point of it? You couldn’t even shoot anything. I didn’t really give them a proper answer. I felt that if they didn’t naturally understand why I was interested in this stuff then I couldn’t explain it to them. Well now I think I can.
It’s because I want to be there.
That photo of the ISS was taken by the space shuttle crew as they were leaving for their journey back to earth. Take a look at that view. Click on it and open up the high res version. Soak it in. How can you not dream of being there?