The universe is at your fingertips with two new digital
products from NASA.
The NASA Selfies app and NASA’s Exoplanet Excursions
virtual reality app were created to celebrate the 15th
anniversary of the launch of NASA’s
Spitzer Space Telescope.
Spitzer’s incredible discoveries and amazing images are at the center of these
NASA Selfies app
The new NASA Selfies app lets you generate snapshots of
yourself in a virtual spacesuit, posing in front of gorgeous cosmic locations,
like the Orion Nebula or the center of the Milky Way galaxy. The simple
interface means you just snap a photo of yourself, pick your background, and
share on social media.
The app also provides information about the science behind
these stunning images. There are currently 30 eye-catching images to choose
from, all taken by Spitzer. More images from the agency’s other science and
human spaceflight missions will be added in the future.
The app is available for iOS and Android.
NASA’s Exoplanet Excursions VR
In NASA’s Exoplanet Excursions virtual reality app, VR
users are taken on a guided tour of the TRAPPIST-1 planetary system.
TRAPPIST-1 is the only known exoplanet system to host seven
roughly Earth-size planets. Spitzer played a major role in detecting these
planets and providing information that has helped scientists learn about the
planets’ likely compositions. The TRAPPIST-1 system is too far away for
telescopes to directly observe these planets, but this VR experience features artists’
impressions of what the planets might look like. These impressions are based on
data from Spitzer and other telescopes that have studied the TRAPPIST-1 system.
Users of the app are navigated around five of the seven
planets, surrounded by the blackness of space and the faint lights of distant
The VR app will be available for Oculus and Vive through the Spitzer mission website and will soon be available
through the Oculus store. A 360-degree video is also be available on the Spitzer Youtube page that allows viewers to explore
the virtual TRAPPIST-1 system on their desktop, smartphone or with a
smartphone-based 360-viewer like Google Cardboard.
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