NASA iPhone Application Appears in App Store

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NASA, the U.S. space agency, has released an iPhone application [App Store, 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
 

Tilpots

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....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.;)
 

Small White Car

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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!)
 

NewSc2

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Didn't I read something in the AT&T Terms of Service 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

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Didn't I read something in the AT&T Terms of Service 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.
 

libertyforall

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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!
 

nagromme

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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!
 

COBRASVT

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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

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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!!!
 

bobsentell

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Love NASA App

This App is GREAT! Nerds will love it....wives will delete it. Great info and pics. This is my new breaktime hobby.
 

JesterJJZ

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I wonder what goodies are hidden in there...

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

nastebu

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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.
 
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