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MacRumors
Oct 23, 2009, 01:42 PM
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NASA, the U.S. space agency, has released an iPhone application [App Store (http://itunes.apple.com/WebObjects/MZStore.woa/wa/viewSoftware?id=334325516&mt=8), Free] that enables users to stay on top of the latest NASA news. The application offers access to up-to-the-minutes news, videos, and photos from NASA missions. Users can also track the orbital locations of various NASA spacecraft in real-time.The NASA software makes extensive use of built-in iPhone features and usability to offer compelling yet concise information in a clear and intuitive way. Receive and share dynamic NASA mission updates, out-of-this-world images, and intriguing video links. Follow the path and progress of space exploration in real time while tracking the global orbits of your favorite spacecraft, all in the palm of your hand.

Article Link: NASA iPhone Application Appears in App Store (http://www.macrumors.com/iphone/2009/10/23/nasa-iphone-application-appears-in-app-store/)



15inchbrick
Oct 23, 2009, 01:47 PM
Downloading Now...... Gotta love space.... It just so big...:D

normwood
Oct 23, 2009, 01:47 PM
....and will go on record as the most costly App to develop @ $1.2 million and a team of 77 engineers.....to develop a free app! :D

Steve

ucfgrad93
Oct 23, 2009, 01:49 PM
Can't wait to download this.

Tilpots
Oct 23, 2009, 01:52 PM
....and will go on record as the most costly App to develop @ $1.2 million and a team of 77 engineers.....to develop a free app! :D

Steve

LOL!:D

Unfortunately, Apple was forced to remove the app after reports of bricked iPhones. Scientists at NASA were "shocked" to learn that programming of the accelorometer was not supposed to be in metric numerics.;)

GoCubsGo
Oct 23, 2009, 01:55 PM
Want to go to the moon?

There's an app for that.

Small White Car
Oct 23, 2009, 02:30 PM
I can tack the space station on my iPhone?

That is so pointlessly useless that...uhm...see...

I MUST HAVE THIS! :eek:

(I'm one step closer to owning a real-world Star Trek tricorder!)

Teh Don Ditty
Oct 23, 2009, 02:31 PM
It's out of this world!

Ok, sorry somebody had to go there.

Nice app. They pack a lot of info in there.

BeyondtheTech
Oct 23, 2009, 02:35 PM
Didn't I read something in the AT&T Terms of Service (http://www.wireless.att.com/cell-phone-service/legal/plan-terms.jsp#data) that "telemetry devices" are prohibited? Isn't that what the satellite data is?

NewSc2
Oct 23, 2009, 02:38 PM
Didn't I read something in the AT&T Terms of Service (http://www.wireless.att.com/cell-phone-service/legal/plan-terms.jsp#data) that "telemetry devices" are prohibited? Isn't that what the satellite data is?

I'm pretty sure they mean telemetry as directly connecting with remote devices. This app doesn't directly connect with NASA's satellites, it just grabs the latest news about them no different than logging onto NASA's website to see the latest positioning of a probe.

Small White Car
Oct 23, 2009, 02:41 PM
Didn't I read something in the AT&T Terms of Service (http://www.wireless.att.com/cell-phone-service/legal/plan-terms.jsp#data) that "telemetry devices" are prohibited? Isn't that what the satellite data is?

I doubt it.

A telemetry device is something that measures and tracks objects like, say, a space station.

Your iPhone isn't doing that. NASA is doing that and simply sending your phone a map of the results. You're allowed to access a map from over the internet.

-aggie-
Oct 23, 2009, 02:45 PM
Now all I need is an X-ray app. ;)

Nice app.

gibbz
Oct 23, 2009, 02:55 PM
Now all I need is an X-ray app. ;)

Nice app.

http://media.bigoo.ws/content/image/funny/funny_841.jpg

Squonk
Oct 23, 2009, 03:09 PM
Fun!

To boldly go where no app has gone before....

Consultant
Oct 23, 2009, 03:12 PM
They should have a portion dedicated to iPods. ;)

Astronauts use iPods in Space Shuttle, NASA Approved. Video + inspired parody tv ad
http://obamapacman.com/2009/10/astronauts-use-ipods-in-space-shuttle-nasa-approved-video-and-inspired-parody-tv-ad/

libertyforall
Oct 23, 2009, 04:11 PM
I am curious how much money they spent developing this app. Government is not exactly known for coming in on-time and within budget!

I am more excited by private space endeavors, like Burt Rutan's Scaled Composites' activities... It's time to get private business interested in space -- government is too inefficient!

Nocaster
Oct 23, 2009, 05:01 PM
I'm on the International Station right now!

No 3G, WTF?? :D

nagromme
Oct 23, 2009, 05:23 PM
I am curious how much money they spent developing this app. Government is not exactly known for coming in on-time and within budget!

I am more excited by private space endeavors, like Burt Rutan's Scaled Composites' activities... It's time to get private business interested in space -- government is too inefficient!

I want my space elevator app!

P.S. Does the NASA app access the Astronomy Picture of the Day? It would be cool to be able to browse those, and either add-to-photos or email a link to FULL res of ones you want to keep. A steady source of desktop wallpapers!

Yelmurc
Oct 23, 2009, 05:39 PM
P.S. Does the NASA app access the Astronomy Picture of the Day? It would be cool to be able to browse those, and either add-to-photos or email a link to FULL res of ones you want to keep. A steady source of desktop wallpapers!

Thats affirmative

COBRASVT
Oct 23, 2009, 05:51 PM
This is a very nice app...esp for the price! :D But seriously, it's well designed and compliments my other two Space apps nicely.

TraceyS/FL
Oct 23, 2009, 06:14 PM
It's great.... my Dad is jealous that it won't run on his 1g Touch.

Anyone know WHY?????

I'm happy to be able to dump NASA from my SMS twitter updates except for launch days!!

ETA: I missed the tracking part!! Cool beans!!!

nagromme
Oct 23, 2009, 07:56 PM
Thats affirmative

Cool! Now... what to delete on my iPhone to make room? :o

bobsentell
Oct 23, 2009, 10:51 PM
This App is GREAT! Nerds will love it....wives will delete it. Great info and pics. This is my new breaktime hobby.

JesterJJZ
Oct 23, 2009, 11:48 PM
I wonder what goodies are hidden in there...

"And now NASA can track YOU in realtime!" :D

nastebu
Oct 24, 2009, 03:10 AM
I am curious how much money they spent developing this app. Government is not exactly known for coming in on-time and within budget!

I am more excited by private space endeavors, like Burt Rutan's Scaled Composites' activities... It's time to get private business interested in space -- government is too inefficient!

The problem with expecting private companies to help explore space is that exploring space is incredibly inefficient. It's vastly expensive and provides little profit that couldn't be better made on earth. Exploring space, like education, is one of those things we need governments to do.

Yelmurc
Oct 24, 2009, 10:04 AM
Only addition I'd make is to have Google Mars and Moon in it.

bobsentell
Oct 24, 2009, 10:04 AM
The problem with expecting private companies to help explore space is that exploring space is incredibly inefficient. It's vastly expensive and provides little profit that couldn't be better made on earth. Exploring space, like education, is one of those things we need governments to do.

Actually, the better schools tend to be privately run. But I went to publik skool.

As for the app, it has some great photos on it. I would love to see them add a webcam to the space station that takes picture of the earth from the station's current location.

wooo
Oct 24, 2009, 12:09 PM
Only addition I'd make is to have Google Mars and Moon in it.

I can't believe they didn't include the live mission audio stream. That is one if my favorite things to listen to in my own app, and would have been an obvious thing to include.

Compile 'em all
Oct 25, 2009, 05:56 PM
Only addition I'd make is to have Google Mars and Moon in it.

Seconding this request!

COBRASVT
Oct 26, 2009, 09:07 AM
Only addition I'd make is to have Google Mars and Moon in it.

I can't believe they didn't include the live mission audio stream. That is one if my favorite things to listen to in my own app, and would have been an obvious thing to include.

I would like to see both included. I've gotten used to having to use more than one app for a lot of things though.

rvdelzen
Oct 26, 2009, 10:21 AM
Great app... I just did an analysis of the performance of this app; currently it is penetrating most top rankings worldwide, see http://blog.distimo.com/2009_10_nasa-app-for-iphone-entering-top-charts-worldwide/

Stately
Oct 26, 2009, 04:43 PM
Meh . . I'll pass.