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'Timeless': Watch Rufus geek out inside Apollo 11 mission control in exclusive clip

Plus: Step inside history with an interactive, virtual reality experience

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As a pilot, Rufus (Malcolm Barrett) appreciates what it takes to carry out a successful flight. So, when he winds up inside the mission control center for the Apollo 11 moon landing on July 20, 1969, he’s understandably a little overwhelmed.

In the exclusive clip above from Timeless‘ eighth episode, “Space Race,” the TimeTeam travels back to the momentous day to stop Flynn (Goran Visnjic) from tampering with history. But when Wyatt (Matt Lanter) and Rufus fail to spot Flynn, Rufus takes a moment to look around at the famous figures in the room, spotting astronaut Charles Duke and lucky vest-wearing flight director Gene Krantz at their stations. “It’s like all of my heroes in one room,” Rufus says, “and every Christmas and July Fourth combined.” The moon landing means something to him, Wyatt surmises — and Flynn could take it all away.

Whatever the outcome, why not take a look around for yourself? Timeless is offering viewers a chance to experience the episode in a 360-degree, interactive virtual reality experience called “Timeless: Continuum Recon” before the hour airs. Inside this first-person enhanced look at “Space Race,” you get to take the controls as if you’re a member of the TimeTeam, first by receiving a mission from Connor Mason (Paterson Joseph) while inside the Lifeboat and then by landing in the mission control room to watch the flight controllers handle the moon landing. 

When you’re there, click and drag to scan the scene. After all, thanks to cloaking — or “ghost mode” — technology from Mason Industries, you’re free to do as you please, as long as you gather as much data as you can and do your best not to screw up. Good luck!

Enter the VR experience here or through the video below:

Timeless airs Mondays at 10 p.m. ET on NBC.