Pol­ish your in­ter­stel­lar in­tel­lect with im­ages, videos and more

The Washington Post Sunday - - TECHNOLOGY & INNOVATION - — Hay­ley Tsukayama

With the mys­ter­ies of Pluto now tan­ta­liz­ingly in reach, it’s not a bad time to brush up on the ba­sic won­ders of space. Who bet­ter to ask than NASA? The agency’s app is full of im­ages, videos, news and facts about space, space­flight and as­tron­omy. There’s also ac­cess to live video and au­dio broad­casts, as well as a feed of tweets from of­fi­cial NASA ac­counts.

And, of course, there’s plenty of in­for­ma­tion about Pluto and the his­toric New Hori­zons mis­sion for those who are clam­or­ing to know more about our so­lar sys­tem’s outer reaches. The app does ask per­mis­sion to ac­cess your lo­ca­tion for track­ing for fea­tures such as live views from the In­ter­na­tional Space Sta­tion. You can also give the app an ad­dress if you pre­fer not to share that in­for­ma­tion. Over­all, the app does a good job pro­vid­ing ba­sic in­for­ma­tion for kids and other ca­sual NASA fans — and gives you a nice link to the rest of the so­lar sys­tem. Free, for iOS and An­droid de­vices.

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