Microsoft is sending its augmented reality HoloLens glasses into orbit to help out astronauts on the International Space Station (ISS).
The collaboration between the U.S. technology giant and NASA is called "Sidekick" is meant to be a "virtual aid to astronauts working off the Earth, for the Earth", according to the space agency.
HoloLens projects holographic images onto the surrounding environment and allows people to interact with the projected images.
Astronauts will use Microsoft-owned Skype via HoloLens to allow the ground operator to see what the crew members see and provide real-time guidance to resolve issues. The ground operator could also "write" notes and "draw" diagrams on to a crew member's environment to help them through a task. Previously the astronaut would have relied on written and voice instructions for complex repair tasks or experiments.