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Joel Katzowitz
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posted 02-26-2009 09:13 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Joel Katzowitz   Click Here to Email Joel Katzowitz     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
While trolling through the iPhone app store yesterday I ran across an app named SpaceGeek. Seeing as how I am one and it only cost 99 cents I took a chance. It offers "up to the minute" NASA press release information as well as an "image of the day", Twitter, and assorted videos.

I've only used it for a day but it seems pretty cool. The thing I don't like is it doesn't present in a mobile device format so it can be cumbersome to read.

Has anyone else been using this?

NavySpaceFan
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posted 02-27-2009 10:39 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for NavySpaceFan   Click Here to Email NavySpaceFan     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I just downloaded this app for my iPod touch, pretty neat. You have to zoom in to read some of the documents, but otherwise not bad.

Robert Pearlman
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posted 03-02-2009 01:11 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Robert Pearlman   Click Here to Email Robert Pearlman     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I haven't tried the SpaceGeek app, but on the subject of space geek apps, I'll recommend two:
  1. GoSatWatch from GoSoftWorks offers orbital tracking on the iPhone/iPod touch, including ISS, shuttle and a full database of satellites.

  2. Ustream iPhone Viewing Application is not specifically a space app, but with a wifi connection and their SpaceVidCast Channel, you can watch NASA TV live on your iPhone.

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posted 03-19-2009 12:37 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for emeryshores   Click Here to Email emeryshores     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I searched around on the Android Market to see if I could find anything similar for my G1. No luck

Although I can honestly say that following NASA on Twitter from my G1 is one of my new favorite hobbies. They update constantly with excellent info about what's going on.

garymilgrom
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posted 03-19-2009 03:57 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for garymilgrom   Click Here to Email garymilgrom     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I follow NASA (and collectSPACE) on Twitter using Twhirl. It is fantastic. I love the immediate updates.

Joel Katzowitz
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posted 04-18-2009 07:46 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Joel Katzowitz   Click Here to Email Joel Katzowitz     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Spacegeek just released a new update for it's app and it's a nice improvement.

Now you can search specific NASA programs (Shuttle, Constellation, etc.) for press releases and read a short synopsis of the content. You also have the option of reading the full content release from their website. They've expanded the access to several NASA "photos of the day" including "Red Orbit" (Mars imagery), "Astronomy Picture of the day", and "NASA image of the day". Nice job.

jasonelam
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posted 04-18-2009 08:48 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for jasonelam   Click Here to Email jasonelam     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
One that I found in the iPhone app store is called Satellite Tracker. This allows the user to track satellites in earth orbit and calculates pass over times based on location. It even shows a map with the track of where the satellite is at. Very interesting.

Max Q
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posted 04-19-2009 05:27 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Max Q   Click Here to Email Max Q     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
An app that would be very interesting if it doesn't already exist is one that would predict iridium flares.

tegwilym
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posted 04-19-2009 12:37 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for tegwilym   Click Here to Email tegwilym     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
This is a good one that I have for my iPod touch - GeoSatWatch. It's about as good as Heavens-above.com for finding the ISS. I hope in a future update there is a star map on the sky chart, but otherwise this one works really well.

I have a little write-up on my blog site here.

Mercury7
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posted 04-20-2009 01:56 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Mercury7     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I decided to experiment tonight and edit/crop some of my space art work for use as iPhone screensavers. I converted about 30, they are free for you to use if you like them, I only ask that you post a screenshot so I can see how they look for future reference and to add to my album back at fotki.

b55er
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posted 07-15-2009 12:11 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for b55er     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Visit iphone.akamai.com from iPhone Safari. Desktop browsers do not work.

Watch streaming live NASA-TV on iPhone. Works great on 3G and Wi-Fi. Excellent quality. Brought to you by Akamai, Apple, and NASA.

iPhones only. No computer browsers will show the video stream.

Mr Meek
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posted 07-15-2009 10:07 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Mr Meek     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Also, your iPhone/iTouch must be running OS 3.x.

Robert Pearlman
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posted 07-15-2009 12:15 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Robert Pearlman   Click Here to Email Robert Pearlman     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I used this to watch the post-scrub press conference on Monday while I took a break to eat dinner with my family at a restaurant. It worked like a charm -- and over 3G (as opposed to wifi) to boot! I hope this "showcase" is not temporary...

tegwilym
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posted 07-15-2009 01:22 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for tegwilym   Click Here to Email tegwilym     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Totally cool! Watching the astrovan going to the pad for attempt #6. Microsoft will never catch up with their Zune. Ha!

space4u
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posted 07-23-2009 04:08 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for space4u   Click Here to Email space4u     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Hey thanks so much for the tip. Even my iPhone happy husband didn't know about this yet. Awesomely good quality.

webbrass
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posted 07-28-2009 05:51 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for webbrass   Click Here to Email webbrass     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Having just got an iPhone I was searching around for some space related wallpaper images for my background. I came across one site but they didn't have all the ones I wanted so I made my own.

I stuck them up on my website in case anyone else wants to download them.

space4u
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posted 07-29-2009 07:37 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for space4u   Click Here to Email space4u     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Hey thanks I will give one a try. Just hard to decide which awesome picture!

Robert Pearlman
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posted 10-23-2009 11:39 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Robert Pearlman   Click Here to Email Robert Pearlman     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
NASA release
NASA App now Available from App Store

A NASA App for the iPhone and iPod touch is available free of charge at the App Store from Apple. The NASA application will deliver a wealth of information, videos, images and news updates about NASA missions to people's fingertips.

"Making NASA more accessible to the public is a high priority for the agency," said Gale Allen, director of Strategic Integration and Management for NASA's Exploration Systems Mission Directorate in Washington. "Tools like this allow us to provide users easy access to NASA information and progress at a fast pace."


Credit: NASA

The NASA App collects, customizes and delivers an extensive selection of dynamically updated information, images and videos from various online NASA sources. Users can access NASA countdown clocks, the NASA Image of the Day, Astronomy Image of the Day, online videos, NASA's many Twitter feeds and other information in a convenient mobile package. It delivers NASA content in a clear and intuitive way by making full use of the iPhone and iPod touch features, including the Multi-Touch user interface. The New Media Team at NASA's Ames Research Center at Moffett Field, Calif., developed the application.

The NASA App also allows users to track the current positions of the International Space Station and other spacecraft currently orbiting Earth in three views: a map with borders and labels, visible satellite imagery, or satellite overlaid with country borders and labels.

"We're excited to deliver a wide range of up-to-the-minute NASA content to iPhone and iPod touch users," said Gary Martin, director of the New Ventures and Communications Directorate at Ames. "The NASA App provides an easy and interesting way for the public to experience space exploration."

Robert Pearlman
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posted 01-30-2010 10:18 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Robert Pearlman   Click Here to Email Robert Pearlman     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
NASA release
NASA Images iPhone App

Check out the free NASA Images iPhone App, a window to the content available on nasaimages.org. With the app you can access the entire NASA Images library from your iPhone along with the metadata for each image, video, and animation.

The NASA Images app delivers the following features:

  • Search and browse media from nasaimages.org

  • View images with interactive zoom (zoom images by double taps)

  • Watch NASA programs and mission footage

  • Bookmark Favorites

  • Send email with URLs of favorites
The NASA Images iPhone App was developed by Hajime Hirose from Tomute Software. Hirose has developed other iPhone Apps such as NASA Checker, and Whitehouse Checker.

Robert Pearlman
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posted 03-27-2010 04:51 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Robert Pearlman   Click Here to Email Robert Pearlman     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
The App Company release
Buzz Aldrin Portal to Science & Space Exploration

We are proud to announce our newest partnership with astronaut Buzz Aldrin. The Buzz Aldrin Portal to Science & Space Exploration is now available on the iTunes and the iPhone App store.

This must-have App for space enthusiasts will feature both nostalgic look-backs on Buzz's famous space missions with video, photos and personal stories, as well as a comprehensive treatment of all major space initiatives and programs. Buzz offers his unique take on all topics through video interviews, articles and journals and has invited the top scientists, astronauts and well-known space enthusiasts in the world to participate in the App via our unique Roundtable features.

Roundtable experts include space luminaries such as Carolyn Porco, Louis Friedman and Stephen Maran. The App includes NASA TV streaming and the latest news from NASA, JPL and other major news sources. Detailed background information on all space priorities via video, images, twitter feeds, articles and astronaut journals is featured. We have included a few screenshots from the App below.


Credit: The App Company

tegwilym
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posted 03-29-2010 03:07 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for tegwilym   Click Here to Email tegwilym     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Here is another nice app to add to the list: F-Sim Shuttle. It's a shuttle landing simulator.

A friend sent me the info about it. Pretty fun and the graphics are very well done. Change the weather, overcast, Edwards/Kennedy Space Center runway and a few other things.

Here is a review of the software. It's $1.99 so it's cheap too.

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posted 04-27-2010 02:24 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for ASCAN1984   Click Here to Email ASCAN1984     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I just got an iPhone several weeks ago and there are so many spaceflight simulators e.g. lunar lander or orbiter lander that I don't know which one to download. The Apollo 11 screen shots look good as you can dock, etc. but not sure. Help!!!!

Robert Pearlman
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posted 06-03-2010 08:55 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Robert Pearlman   Click Here to Email Robert Pearlman     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
NASA.gov "Behind the Page" blog:
NASA TV: Live in the Palm of your Hand

Over the last few weeks, we've set up and begun doing a beta test broadcast of NASA TV onto your Apple iPhone, iPad, and iPod Touch. We tweeted it out early yesterday to our Twitter followers before the landing of the Space Shuttle Atlantis once we were sure it was ready to have more of a spotlight shone on it. It's also been linked on the NASA TV web page in the left column for the last couple of weeks since we set up the stream.

This specially formatted HTML5, H.264 stream was set up to test out new streaming technologies within the NASA network infrastructure and to demonstrate the technology as practical given the resources available for NASA.gov. During the beta period, we're trying to identify issues and concerns with the reliability and delivery of the stream to you, our users. We're also trying to gauge the interest of our online audience in having NASA TV available for streaming on the iPhone and other mobile devices.

For now, this is just the first step. If everything goes well during the beta test period, we'll evaluate our next steps taking into account the availability of our limited resources. For the immediate future, this is an open ended beta test period. We are listening for feedback on the quality, reliability, and availability of the NASA TV stream. We're also listening for ideas of what you think the next steps should be. Some of the ideas we've most often heard are integration of NASA TV into the NASA iPhone App, mobile apps for other devices such as Android and Blackberry, and streaming NASA TV onto other devices. We've purchased the hardware that will allow us to do some of these ideas and expect to begin more streaming this summer.

As always, you can e-mail the NASA.gov Web Team or drop us a line in the comments. We also monitor tweets sent to @NASA. We'll try to respond as time allows, but know that we read every comment, e-mail, and tweet sent our way.

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posted 06-16-2010 05:36 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Robert Pearlman   Click Here to Email Robert Pearlman     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Rocket Racing League release
Soar Through A 3D Raceway-In-The-Sky In Rocket Racing League Game For iPhone And iPod Touch

Rocket Racing is the newest and most fascinating air sport of the 21st Century that can now be experienced as an exhilarating racing game for iPhone and iPod touch. The Rocket Racing League game is based on the real-world Rocket Racing League (RRL) where Top Gun pilots maneuver rocket-powered aircraft through a virtual 3D Raceway-In-The-Sky. In the game, players take control of a fully customizable Rocket Racer aircraft and pilot their way through floating 3D obstacle courses set in visually stunning environments.

"Rocket Racing League is poised to become the world's first truly interactive sporting franchise," said Dr. Peter Diamandis, Co-Founder and Chairman of the Rocket Racing League. "With the release of this app, the experience of flying rocket-powered aircraft in competition comes straight to one's fingertips. We plan to increase the level of interactivity with each new game and platform rendition, ultimately culminating into game play that offers full competitions between the gamer and real-world pilots during live RRL events."

Gamers and app fans can test their piloting and racing skills in single-player career mode or head-to-head against other virtual pilots via Bluetooth or LAN-based Wi-Fi Multi-Player. Featuring four race types (Lap, Drag, Arcade, Ground) and five track locations (Nevada Canyon, California Coast, City, Tropical Island, Space), the Rocket Racing League is accessible for players of all ages and skill levels. Additional locations and tracks will be released in the coming weeks.

With a global leaderboard and full Facebook Connect functionality, the Rocket Racing League App offers players several options to connect to their friends around the world, and to the real-world Rocket Racing League, including:

  • RRL Portal: Connect with the League from within the game's main menu to receive news, updates, offers, events and more.
  • Facebook: Post race results on your Facebook Wall and on friends' Walls.
  • Leaderboards: View global leaderboards and individual player statistics.
Rocket Racing League is available now for $2.99 and can be purchased from the App Store on iPhone or iPod touch. Rocket Racing League will also be released for the iPad later this summer.

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posted 06-17-2010 04:28 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for gliderpilotuk   Click Here to Email gliderpilotuk     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
£1.79 if you're in the UK. I know what I'm doing tomorrow!

Robert Pearlman
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posted 07-07-2011 07:39 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Robert Pearlman   Click Here to Email Robert Pearlman     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
NASA release
NASA Launches New App For Android

NASA has launched the free NASA App for Android, a new application designed for mobile devices that run the open source Android platform.

The NASA App is available for free on Android Market.

"The NASA App for iPhone and iPad has been a phenomenal success with over five million downloads so far," said Jerry Colen, NASA App project manager at NASA's Ames Research Center in Moffett Field, Calif. "Making a version of the NASA App for Android has been the number one request from users. We are delighted to fulfill this request and put NASA's amazing content into the hands of millions of Android users around the world."

The NASA App for Android showcases a huge collection of NASA content, including images, videos on-demand, live streaming video from NASA Television, mission information, feature stories and breaking news. Users also can find sighting opportunities for the International Space Station and track the current positions of spacecraft currently orbiting Earth. App users also easily can share NASA content with their friends and followers on Facebook, Twitter or via e-mail.

ASCAN1984
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posted 07-08-2011 12:57 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for ASCAN1984   Click Here to Email ASCAN1984     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
X Plane Extreme has the X-15 and there is a shuttle one, too.

GoesTo11
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posted 11-04-2012 04:37 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for GoesTo11   Click Here to Email GoesTo11     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Just upgraded to an Android phone (Samsung Galaxy SIII) and I'm looking for worthwhile space and astronomy-related applications. Already have the NASA app and Google Sky. Any other suggestions would be appreciated. Thanks!

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posted 11-04-2012 06:47 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for 328KF   Click Here to Email 328KF     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
F-Sim Space Shuttle landing simulator just recently released for Android...lots of fun!

GoesTo11
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posted 11-04-2012 08:36 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for GoesTo11   Click Here to Email GoesTo11     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
*TIRE BLOWN*

Really, that's probably the least of my crew's problems so far.

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posted 11-05-2012 08:02 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for 328KF   Click Here to Email 328KF     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I can relate... hey, if it were easy we could all be astronauts!

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I recently came across this Apollo Lunar Surface Wallpaper the other day on my Android results.

I've been looking for something similar since I own several autographed Apollo astronaut frames. However, all the other live wallpapers were silly scroll apps.

Android live wallpaper featuring NASA Apollo Mission astronauts and parallax scrolling backgrounds on the surface of the moon.

Blast off to the moon with Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin on the moon's surface! Go back to the 1960s when the Space Race began. The lunar rover is in the distance with the American flag while Buzz does backflips. The live wallpaper moves with the command module. This live wallpaper features everything that made the NASA Apollo program great: lunar rovers, astronauts, moon surface, stars, and more!

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Update - Real Rocket Racing hasn't been updated sine 2010. The result? It won't run on newer hardware. On my iPhone 5S, all I get is the audio. The screen is blank. I even tried reloading it. Same result. That tells me it can't support the higher res screens.

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