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Fun and Games with New NASA Apps

NASA has responded to the buzz about the Curiosity rover that is scheduled to land on Mars in less than a spacecraft 3d NASA JPL caltechmonth by launching a free app for the iPhone and the iPad called Spacecraft 3D.

Spacecraft 3D is an augmented-reality app and according to NASA it’s one of the first for Apple devices.  

Augmented-reality allows users to experience a real-world environment with enhanced elements with the help of additional input. You print an augmented reality target on a standard sheet of paper then the app uses the device’s camera to display the target image on the screen. Then you get to play with the three-dimensional image.

"Let's say you want to get an idea what our Curiosity Mars rover is all about," said Kevin Hussey, manager of visualization technology at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasdena, California. "Like Hollywood directors sizing up their next shot, you move your camera-equipped iPad or iPhone in and out, up and down and the spacecraft perspective moves with you. It is a great way to study the 3-D nature of NASA spacecraft."

Currently the app only features two NASA missions: Curiosity and GRAIL with its twins Ebb and Flow. There are plans to add the Cassini spacecraft: which is orbiting Saturn, Dawn:hanging out in the asteroid belt, and the Voyagers: loitering at the edge of the solar system.

In June NASA introduced a new game called Rocket Science 101 for the iPad and computers. The game lets users choose a NASA mission, set their skill level, and then build and launch a rocket suitable to the mission. The process is similar to the preparation NASA's Launch Services Program at the Kennedy Space Center in Florida undertakes for real missions.

Last but certainly not least for NASA’s interactive releases for handheld devices and home computers this summer is Space Station Live!

This web experience gives the public the most up-to-date and insider’s view of the work the astronauts are doing on the International Space Station and in the Mission Control Center at the Johnson Space Center in Houston.

Visit the Space Station Live! web page or download the corresponding ISSLive! mobile
app for access to these (and several more) perks:
- live streaming data from actual crew and science timelines with
social media links
- descriptions and educational material that describe how the space
station works
- educational lessons using the live content
- 3-D virtual mission control

These NASA apps are the perfect little escape whether you are waiting to catch a flight, on a long car trip, or at home looking to expand your science and NASA knowledge.

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Samina Cabral is a native Southern Californian who now resides on the shores of Lake Erie in Northeast Ohio. Samina and her husband believe that sustainability starts in the home and try to live their lives as simply as possible without compromising comfort.

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