NASA Launches Official Apple TV App Featuring Real-Time View of Earth

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NASA has launched its official app for the fourth-generation Apple TV, joining the app's popular iOS versions on iPhone and iPad, which have been downloaded over 17 million times.

The Apple TV app lets users watch high-definition live streams from NASA TV, and allows them to enjoy a real-time view of the Earth from the International Space Station.


The app also informs users of their next opportunity to view the ISS and other NASA satellites as they pass overhead, based on user location.

The app has several other features, including a slideshow viewer with more than 15,000 images, on-demand NASA videos, 2D and 3D satellite tracking maps, NASA mission news, and the ability to listen to Third Rock internet streaming radio.

"The NASA app has been a fantastic way for the public to experience the excitement of space exploration from their mobile devices," said David Weaver, NASA associate administrator for Communications in a press release.

"Now, users with the latest Apple TV can explore and enjoy our remarkable images, videos, mission information, NASA Television and more on the big screen with the whole family."

The NASA app is available in the App Store on the fourth-gen Apple TV.

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MH01

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Is the app called nasa, same as on the iPhone ? Cannot see it on the AppStore for Appletv in Europe

Edit: found it
[doublepost=1466588810][/doublepost]live view only shows me a grey screen, will try later
 

kettle

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they should just have a live feed online 24/7 as well as a tv channel
Yes, the only thing 'realtime' about this is that the CGI is synced up with the system clock.
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Nice one! :) I know NASA is publicly funded but it's amazing they share these stunning views through these apps!
When you say 'stunning views'? you do realise that that is CGI? If you were a battery hen this would be a picture of a farmyard pinned to one end of your cage.
 
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tomnavratil

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Yes, the only thing 'realtime' about this is that the CGI is synced up with the system clock.
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When you say 'stunning views'? you do realise that that is CGI? If you were a battery hen this would be a picture of a farmyard pinned to one end of your cage.
For the "live stream" you mean? Of course, I meant their graphic library in general, including hi-res images etc. :).
 

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Is it me or in this photo does the atmosphere look brown?
The color of the atmosphere in the picture is very likely due to the angle of the Sun's rays reflecting off of and through it as well as the perspective of the camera taking the photo.

http://www.nasa.gov/image-feature/stargazing-from-the-international-space-station
Astronauts aboard the International Space Station (ISS) see the world at night on every orbit — that’s 16 times each crew day. An astronaut took this broad, short-lens photograph of Earth’s night lights while looking out over the remote reaches of the central equatorial Pacific Ocean. ISS was passing over the island nation of Kiribati at the time, about 2600 kilometers (1,600 miles) south of Hawaii.

Knowing the exact time and the location of the ISS, scientists were able to match the star field in the photo to charts describing which stars should have been visible at that moment. They identified the pattern of stars in the photo as our Milky Way galaxy (looking toward its center). The dark patches are dense dust clouds in an inner spiral arm of our galaxy; such clouds can block our view of stars toward the center.

The curvature of the Earth crosses the center of the image and is illuminated by a variety of airglow layers in orange, green, and red. Setting stars are visible even through the dense orange-green airglow.

The brightest light in the image is a lightning flash that illuminated a large mass of clouds. The flash reflected off the shiny solar arrays of the ISS and back to the camera. The dim equatorial cloud sheet is so extensive that it covers most of the sea surface in this view.

Astronaut photograph ISS044-E-45215 was acquired on August 9, 2015 by a member of the Expedition 44 crew, with a Nikon D4 digital camera using a 28 millimeter lens, and is provided by the ISS Crew Earth Observations Facility and the Earth Science and Remote Sensing Unit, Johnson Space Center.

Annotated image: NASA's Earth Observatory

Image Credit: NASA
Caption: M. Justin Wilkinson, Texas State U., Jacobs Contract at NASA-JSC and Mark Matney, NASA-JSC


Last Updated: May 17, 2016
Editor: Sarah Loff

Tags: Earth, Expedition 44, Image
 

kettle

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For the "live stream" you mean? Of course, I meant their graphic library in general, including hi-res images etc. :).
yes, so what I'm getting at is considering they're publicly funded you should actually have a live feed of planet earth on TV - and then they could get a sponsor because it would be the most popular thing on television AND the internet. Then there would be more public funding left over for social issues.

so no - this isn't a good thing - it's a mockery of the people who fund them.
 

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Yes, its cool. But its not an excuse for a crappy app. A ten years old can build app better than that.
A ten year old can make an app that connects pictures of animals with an audio file of the noises they make... I feel like these apps are not comparable.
 

scott911

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4k? yeah, no.


now that would be amazing - even for small segments instead of continuous live.
 
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