​NASA Uses iPad App Development To Beam Science

iPad app development got a rocket boost from NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center (Greenbelt, MD) recently, when they announced a new iPad app, created by software and media specialists, called the NASA Visualization Explorer.  This app allows the user to interact with video, images and information from NASA’s current Earth science research.  A major staple of NASA earth science has been its use of cutting-edge visualization.  In particular, the Scientific Visualization Studio (SVS), located inside the Goddard Space Flight Center will place stunning and extremely detailed pictures of various aspects of Earth, right in the palm of your hands.  Some of the features in this app will include written stories and high-resolution movies, stills and shorts.  A majority of the movies will be real satellite data visualized.  Bonus features for this app will include imagery from different supercomputing modeling projects and interviews with the scientists.  A social networking component with links to Twitter and Facebook will be included with the app, in hopes that it will create an abundance of sharing amongst friends.  The app is free and available at the Apple App Store.

Plans are underway for the app editorial team to create two new science features each week.  An initial batch of six features accompanies the app and new features will be published to the app every Tuesday and Thursday.  There are plans to occasionally include stories about other planets in the solar system, the sun and other objects farther out in space.  The initial plan for this app was to create a mobile multimedia magazine, however, the concept has grown and encompasses more than just a few pictures and some information.  This app explores stories about climate change, plant life on land and oceans, Earth’s dynamic systems and other stories from data culled by NASA’s satellites.

The Goddard team feels that science should be accessible to everyone and the visualization that this app offers…

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