“Everyone, red state, blue state, everyone supports space exploration”Bill Nye (c)
We began conquering the space dozens of years ago eager to find out what surprises the Universe is hiding. We launched the Apollo and the International Space Station (ISS), we walked the Moon... Since then, the humanity’s future is in the hands of scientists who dedicate their lives to the extraterrestrial astronomy.
So, today, we wanted to pay a tribute to the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) for its invaluable contribution not only to the outer space exploration but to the mobile app development as well. Their achievements in these fields give us the ability to be involved in the astronomy and astrophysics more than ever.
Let us introduce you the top mobile applications that NASA created based on their primary mission: “To investigate and explore space and the Earth environment, and to help make our planet a better place.”
Just imagine that the whole Universe is awaiting for you in your small smart- or iPhone... You can explore the knowledge that has been obtained by mankind during last half of the 20th century. It’s possible because that the National Aeronautics and Space Administration chose the most effective and modern way to reach out to the young generation. By using the benefits of social media, they spread the science through the world of NASA mobile apps.
Around fifty of these free applications (for iOS, Apple TV, Android, and Kindle) are divided into various topics:
We’ll concentrate on the most practical categories that could make the biggest impact on your everyday life. Let’s fly!
As it is being said by the title, in these applications you can check all information about the latest news and weather forecasts, real-time and recorded video clips, some scheduled scientific events, different facts, and cases of studies.
“Each of us is a tiny being, permitted to ride on the outmost skin of oneof the smaller planets for a few dozen trips around the local star.”Carl Sagan (c)
NASA calls their main mobile product “jack-of-all-trades”, as it’s being a centralized source for all spheres related to the Administration’s activity. Every possible thing you want to know about their cosmic missions, newly obtained images, on-demand videos, launches, satellite tracking, or the ISS sighting opportunities – all is hidden here, in the nine app’s sections.
You can explore and discover the newest updates that the agency offers on such topics:
And the cool bonus is that you can share anything interesting via integrated Facebook or Twitter clients.
A sub-branch app brings to you a repository of the latest recorded events in a streaming format along with the option to tune in live. You can select what video content to watch or plan your viewing list a week in advance according to the NASA TV schedule. Users will be notified when a scheduled program is about to begin.
With this fantastic application, you won’t miss another significant NASA event. You can download it for iPhone and iPad.
Available for iOS, this app will entertain you at any time of the day with its near-live info-storm about the weather phenomena in space. You can check out beaming images from a selection of active NASA’s missions, then the great visualizations and diagrams will make everything a bit clearer for you.
In addition, there are on-demand video-interviews and insights into the space weather conditions from the top-ranked NASA scientists.
This amazing mobile product delivers to users jaw-dropping images taken by NASA’s Hubble telescope. Here, you’ll learn this iconic telescope’s history of invention and evolvement. Just download it to your iPhone and you’ll be able to vote for the favorite pictures and use some of those impressive space shots as your screen wallpaper.
One of the core goals of the NASA mobile apps is to educate and amaze people with various facts about this complicated but valuable science. The agency allows us to find out what they’re working on while learning how the NASA projects would influence the Earth and outer space state.
“Orbiting Earth in the spaceship, I saw how beautiful our planet is.People, let us preserve and increase this beauty, not destroy it!”Yuri Gagarin (c)
Basically, the slogan of this app means the adaptation of the NASA’s technologies for our everyday lives. It provides users with interesting articles from NASA’s Technology Transfer Program. They describe how the technologies once used in the NASA’s missions were applicated in the development of commercial products and services.
You’ll read about the best examples of how the NASA projects benefit the society in different industries from life-saving satellite systems, robots in the healthcare, and automatics to aviation and sports. The app is available for iPad.
After retiring the groundbreaking Space Shuttle program, NASA, however, paid their respects to the dauntless astronauts who went beyond the imaginable distances by releasing the AstroApp: Space Shuttle Crew.
This one stands out among the rest applications because its main focus is on people rather than the cosmic science. Here, you could look for the detailed mission records and profiles of all the astronauts. To crown it all, there is a cool Suit Me Up feature which allows you to digitally try on an astronaut gear.
So, if your idols are some astronauts, this app is all you need! It’s available for iOS.
How awesome it would be to associate the most memorable days of your life with the most important steps of the space exploration era. Entertaining, isn’t it? Yeah, so this app is a total education-with-fun, while anybody could find out which NASA event has happened when. At your service, there are approximately 4,000 various happenings updated every week with matching pictures and links for detailed articles. The application is available for iPhones/iPads and Android.
This category is also of educational type. The difference is that it lets users explore the exciting AR technologies, transforming the real world into the up to dates spacecrafts, rockets, their operation in the space, etc.
The trailblazing app provides users with 3D-models of the Orion spacecraft and Space Launch System (SLS). NASA uses them to send astronauts on the deep space exploration missions (asteroids and Mars, for example). Also, you can check out the ground infrastructure at Kennedy Space Center and the crawler transporter that handled the Saturn V moon rockets.
"The main focus was to show people where we're going in terms of human missions to deep space."Andres Adorno, NASA's project manager for the app (c)
After you downloaded and printed out a Target marker which represents NASA’s logo, you can get a taste of what the iOS and Android versions of the application are offering. Just choose the virtual concepts you want to see and point your device on the Target. Then, the magic technology will make a masterpiece right in front of your eyes.
Here is quite an educational and fun app that lets you rule the Solar System in 3D-view! You’re allowed to manipulate Sun’s model based on the fresh images taken by far away satellites. You’ll also be notified about any solar flares and other happenings on the star’s surface. In addition, this iOS application gives you an opportunity to view the detailed pictures of Sun explosions and the stunning northern lights.
Last but not the least, this AR application lets you explore a selection of spacecrafts that visited the Solar System. You’ll observe the Universe and get a new knowledge about the Earth. As it is with the NASA 3DV, you have to download and print a marker, then point the phone’s camera on it. After this, you’re free to use the application that would show you the Mars Curiosity rover or the Hubble telescope. Finally, all the exploring spacecrafts presented in the app can move.
It’s just the top 10 mobile products on our opinion, however, the NASA has a lot more in their storage to entertain or inform you about the latest news from the cosmic science field. We hope it’s been a pleasant journey for you and maybe someday you’ll even create your own app for the similar purposes!