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Sick Boy Wants To Visit Saturn, So Astronauts Send Him There With Virtual Reality Ride

by Kat Manos
Kat Manos is an Associate Editor who loves arguing about indie rock, classic literature, and "Star Wars."

Zayden Wright may only be 7 years old, but he’s already visited Saturn! Virtually, that is.

Zayden, who lives in Georgia, recently received a very special gift from the Make-A-Wish Foundation.

For those that don’t know, the Make-A-Wish Foundation is a nonprofit organization that helps grant wishes to children struggling with life-threatening medical conditions.

Just days after he was born, Zayden was diagnosed with three different heart defects that have since resulted in three different open-heart surgeries.

He officially has a congenital heart disease, so he’ll never be able to be active enough to play sports — or go into space.

Which is worth mentioning, because Zayden always dreamed of traveling in space.

So Make-A-Wish decided to make this dream a reality, or least a virtual reality!

After nearly a year of planning, the foundation and several astronauts worked together to create a virtual space ride for Zayden.

Virtual reality headsets involve wearing a device over your eyes that simulates a seemingly 3-D experience.

Astronauts helped design an actual rocket just for Zayden and the virtual ride itself. When Zayden slipped on the headset, it felt like he was actually traveling in space!

“That’s my house!” Zayden said, pointing to the computerized version of Earth that had been projected into his headset. “And the moon!”

With a little help from space technology, Zayden’s dream came true. And he even got to meet a very special someone while “traveling” to Saturn!

Check out this incredible story of space travel below, and please SHARE it on Facebook!

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