The space shuttle Atlantis is scheduled for its (and the shuttle program's) final launch today (weather permitting). And while its most precious cargo is the astronauts on board, probably the most nerdy is the addition of a pair of Nexus S Android smartphones, making yet another jaunt into the final frontier.

The "Pure Google" phones will be put to use on Synchronized Position Hold, Engage, Reorient, Experimental Satellites (thankfully acroynmed "Spheres"), which are small CO2-powered contraptions that test orbital maneuvers.

Wonder if they've just been rooted.

Source: CNET

There are 12 comments

Dark_Blu says:

Heh... No iPhone was available? Or did Steve Jobs not bless the idea first?

wraith404 says:

No, they just didn't feel a child's toy was capable of the task.

zentex says:

Best use of snark. Evar.

dan4patriots says:

and this is why fandroids are more annoying than apple fanboys

Brad2667 says:

Two modified iPhone 4's are also going up for a different experiment:

Chris3D says:

No, but I'm sure Apple is rushing to patent the idea, will claim they invented it and surly sue Nasa for patent infringement.

pentafive says:

You mean "..Engage, Reorient, Experimental Satellites.." not "..Engadget, Reorient, Experimental Satellites.." right? :)

I'm excited for it can't wait!

slinky317 says:

Err, I think the first "E" in "Spheres" stands for Engage, not Engadget.

Nevermind. Dumb question.

ElidaF says:

It is true. Here is the proof: Space Shuttle Atlantis lifts off on its final mission. After several delays due to climate, the Space Ship Atlantis launched Friday morning. It's going to be the closing flight in the space shuttle program. It was an emotional moment for many linked to the program, and will open the door for a new chapter in NASA's exploration of space.