NASA app for Android

Mars. Pictures of Mars. Video from Mars. You know, that planet next door.

Now, we don't wanna get all up in your business here, but if you've yet to download the NASA Android application, perhaps this is the time to do so.

See, there's this red planet out there. It's called Mars. And there's this little robot guy who touched down on the surface last night. We'll call him "Curiosity." And he's currently snapping some pictures and basically casing the joint. And 14 minutes after the shutter snaps, NASA's looking over the pictures -- and uploading them for the rest of us to see. (And that's a damn sight faster than NBC can manage to get news out of London. Just saying.)

The app's more than just that, of course, with video and mission profiles, among other trivial parts of blasting into space on top of a giant rocket ship. 

So, yeah. If you've yet to check out the NASA app for Android, perhaps now's the time to do so.


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Now might be a good time to check out the NASA app for Android


The second greatest feat in space exploration and you are not impressed? Tell me, how do you like your iphone?
In case you are unaware of what happened in August, 1969, the greatest accomplishment occured and that would be the moon landing. But, there were no moonies for you there either.

Please don't fail to be impressed by a project that succeeded over a 350 million mile voyage. That is insane when you really think about it.

Project Glass demo was certainly cool, but this is just...

Phil Kubec: [ disgusted ] That's it for me. Join us next week on "The Forum", when our guest will be Neil Armstrong, the first man on the moon.

Tom LaPorte: [ intrigued ] Wait a minute.. you mean, there's Americans.. on the moon?

Phil Kubec: [ angry ] Yes!

Tom LaPorte: [ excited ] Alright! [ turns to Carol ] Give me five! I can't believe it! On the moon!

[ fade to black ]

We are getting short handed. There is an iPhone app (SPACECRAFT 3D)that uses AR cards that were passed at MSL parties, it shows a 3D model of the rover. I have the card, but can't use it.

There's nothing out there. Mark my words. There's nothing even remotely exciting on Mars.

Focus on what matters here on Earth.

PS. The app wants access to my location. Why? Is the US government going to send me location-specific ads?

You miss the point completely. What matters is not what is on Mars, but that a team of humans here on Earth landed a spacecraft on Mars.

There's plenty of interesting data to be gained from this Mars mission, even if it isn't "reality TV" quality. This will help us have a better understanding of the universe. It will also help provide us with an answer to a certain burning question: has there been life on Mars in the past? Nearly as important is the answer to the question: What do we need to do to be able to send PEOPLE to Mars and bring them back?

But beyond all of that, the incredible amount of scientific research, engineering, materials design, and other work that goes into putting together a mission to put a rover on Mars pushes forward the boundaries of scientific knowledge and technology in ways that have direct benefits here on Earth. The U.S. space program has been a primary catalyst for advances in computing, telecommunications, and other technology areas. It's kind of ironic that someone is kvetching about this on a smartphone web site without even realizing that their smartphone is an end result of research that came about during the earlier years in the space program.

Those were almost the exact words they said to Christopher Columbus

“There's nothing out there. Mark my words. There's nothing even remotely exciting on the other side”

“Focus on what matters here in España”.

Maybe I'll pay attention when they put a man (or even a chimp) on Mars. Don't get me wrong; I'm all in favor of space exploration, but it doesn't interest me that much right now. I care more about the satellites that let me talk to my brother-in-law 2000 miles away and show me the way to my friend's house.