Free Vr nasa apps

Tour the uni­verse from the com­fort of your own home

All About Space - - Contents - Writ­ten by Lee Cavendish

NASA is not renowned for its dig­i­tal ap­pli­ca­tions on smart­phones and vir­tu­al­re­al­ity de­vices, but now it has spread its wings with the launch of two new apps that of­fer a new ex­pe­ri­ence of space. One app is avail­able for iOS and An­droid de­vices and gives you a taste of the ce­les­tial art­work that NASA has in its gallery, and the other is a vir­tual re­al­ity (VR) tour around the TRAPPIST-1 sys­tem.

These apps were cre­ated to cel­e­brate the 15th an­niver­sary of the launch of NASA’s Spitzer Space Tele­scope. The in­frared eye in the sky has pro­duced count­less im­ages in­vis­i­ble to the hu­man eye, and its ob­ser­va­tions of ex­o­plan­ets have been key for the field. Spitzer’s in­frared vi­sion was able to un­cover vi­tal char­ac­ter­is­tics about the TRAPPIST-1 sys­tem that have made it the in­cred­i­bly ex­cit­ing prospect ev­ery­one knows it as to­day.

The ‘NASA Self­ies’ app takes the user – or who­ever the user de­cides to im­age – and turns them into an as­tro­naut. By chang­ing the back­ground the as­tro­naut can find them­selves in a plethora of dif­fer­ent cos­mic sce­nar­ios.

From the An­dromeda Galaxy to the star Zeta Ophi­uchi, there is a whole host of Spitzer im­ages to choose from.

As for the ‘NASA Ex­o­planet Ex­cur­sion’ vir­tual re­al­ity app, this is a de­tailed tour through the TRAPPIST-1 sys­tem, the seven Earth-sized worlds just 40 light years away. The in­for­ma­tion col­lected on the sys­tem by Spitzer is nar­rated and ex­plained through­out the in­ter­stel­lar pre­sen­ta­tion.

“there's a plethora of dif­fer­ent cos­mic sce­nar­ios”

In the cor­ner of the im­age are de­tails about how the snap was taken and what it is. There are op­tions to take a new photo or change the back­ground im­age if you are not happy with the re­sult­ing pic­ture. The cam­era can be swapped round so it can ei­ther be a selfie or a pho­to­graph of some­one in front of you.

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