Mobile apps have become a regular part of my daily life. It’s safe to say there are enough apps to perform virtually any task you have in mind! I find apps to be a great tool to keep me in touch with friends, daily news, and NASA.

The flagship app for NASA is of course the “NASA App“, which is available on both iOS and Android platforms, and has been downloaded over 9.9 million times and recently averaged over 2.5 million hits per day.  However, NASA has made a wide variety of interactive apps for mobile users, which range from performing a spacewalk to receiving a notification every time the ISS is right above you. These apps give you an opportunity to stay involved and educated on current and future NASA missions.  Listed below are all 41 of the NASA-related apps for iOS and Android!

Click away and download as many as you can.

NASA Apps for iOS:

1. NASA App
By: NASA
The NASA App invites you to discover a wealth of NASA information right on your iPhone or iPod touch. The NASA App collects, customizes and delivers an extensive selection of dynamically updated images, videos and news from various online NASA sources in a convenient mobile package. Come explore with NASA.

2. Aquarius
By: Jet Propulsion Laboratory
The app has specific information about the science and purpose of Aquarius/SAC-D, and features daily mission news updates, images of the observatory under construction, videos and animations and a countdown timer to launch. A data view feature shows many of the factors that affect Earth’s ocean and the water cycle and for which Aquarius salinity data will be useful in improving our understanding.

3. Astro App: Space Shuttle Crew
By: NASA
NASA’s Space Shuttle program ends after 30 years. Celebrate this accomplishment with us. Get to know all the space travelers who flew on this unique vehicle. You can sort by name and mission. The “Suit Me Up” feature allows you to become a Space Shuttle astronaut yourself. Share it with your friends and family.

4. Astro App: Space Station Crew
By: NASA
Did you know humans live and work off-planet 24/7? Look up at night and you might see them streak across the sky onboard the International Space Station orbiting more than 220 miles overhead every 90 minutes at 17,500 mph. Space travelers representing 15 partner countries learn how to survive and thrive in the hostile environment of zero-g on this unique vehicle, assembled by humans bolt by bolt, module by module IN SPACE. You can sort crew members by name and mission. The “Suit Me Up” feature allows you to become a Space Station crew member. Share your space profile with friends and family.

5. Cassini
By: Jet Propulsion Laboratory
The app was designed to give an overview of the spacecraft’s current activities, starting with the latest dramatic images. These images range from sublime insights into another ‘set of worlds,’ considering the moon Titan itself has been called the most earth-like body in our solar system. Also included in the app is the ‘Present Position’ of the spacecraft, as well as a countdown to the next major event – usually a spectacular targeted flyby of one of Saturn’s moons. More in-depth information is only a click away.

6. Comet Quest
By: Jet Propulsion Laboratory
The Rosetta spacecraft approaches Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko. Using its thrusters, Rosetta goes into orbit around the comet nucleus. Now you, the player, get to take over the spacecraft in its mission to learn about the mysterious comet. First, you must drop a lander on the nucleus. To land it in an optimum location, your timing must be excellent!

7. Earth-Now
By: Jet Propulsion Laboratory
NASA’s Earth Now is an application that visualizes recent global climate data from Earth Science satellites, including surface air temperature, carbon dioxide, carbon monoxide, ozone, and water vapor as well as gravity and sea level variations. Data sets are visually described using “false color” maps. Color-coded legends are provided to indicate relative strength or weakness of an environmental condition. The resulting 3D model of the Earth may be rotated by a single finger stroke, and may also be zoomed in or out. The Earth Science Communications and Visualization Technology Applications and Development Teams at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory developed this app, with support from NASA Headquarters.

8. GRAIL
By: Jet Propulsion Laboratory
NASA’s GRAIL mission is comprised of a pair of mirror-identical spacecraft to the Earths Moon to perform precision gravity measurements. The gravity field will allow scientists to determine the structure of the Moon’s interior from the surface to the deep interior, advance our understanding of the thermal evolution of the Moon and our understanding of how other rocky planets in the solar system are formed. The voyage to the moon will take approximately 5 months at which point the two spacecraft will enter precision formation orbit ranging from 50km to 200km above the moons surface. Later versions of the app will include images captured by MoonKAM.

9. ISS Live
By: NASA
See Real Time Data and what’s happening onboard the International Space Station. Interact with live streaming data from the International Space Station (ISS), Take virtual 3D tours of the Mission Control Center (MCC) and ISS, and View console displays, crew and science timelines for a fun, educational experience with NASA

10. NASA Be a Martian
By: Jet Propulsion Laboratory
The Be A Martian app allows you to experience Mars as if you were there! Take part in discovery as it happens and join a community of worldwide explorers! This app offers exciting ways to take part in discovery and learn about NASA’s Mars missions.

11. NASA Desert RATS Virtual Test Site
By: NASA
The Desert RATS Virtual Test Site is a 3-D environment that combines NASA models with topography and satellite imagery to bring the Arizona analog to your mobile device. Navigate your avatar around the 2011 Base Camp to see hardware NASA is testing in the field. Visit kiosks at each asset to learn about how it fits into the future of space exploration and link to the projects on the web. An aerial map is also provided to show NASA science sites along the Black Point Lava Flow and share the questions geologists hope to answer during the outing.

12. NASA HIAD
By: NASA
A giant cone of inner tubes stacked together may someday help cargo, or even people, land on another planet or return to Earth. NASA calls the spacecraft technology HIAD – Hypersonic Inflatable Aerodynamic Decelerator.
Learn the challenges NASA faces as it works to develop an inflatable spacecraft. Choose the right shape, materials and trajectory to use a HIAD to bring cargo back from space.

13. NASA Lunar Electric Lunar Rover Simulator
By: NASA
Welcome to the NASA Lunar Electric Rover (LER) Simulator. You don’t need a driver’s license, but you still need to buckle up as the LER Simulator gives you a glimpse of what it might be like to support the activities of a functioning Lunar Outpost. Get busy. You never know if your skills here will become a major part of the NASA Astronaut application process in the future.

14. NASA Science: A Journey to Discovery
By: NASA
NASA leads the nation on a great journey of discovery, seeking new knowledge and understanding of our planet Earth, our Sun and solar system, and the universe out to its farthest reaches and back to its earliest moments of existence. This NASA Science application brings you the latest information from NASA’s Science Missions, including the spacecraft, their instruments, the data, and what we are learning about the questions we seek to answer.

15. NASA Space Weather
By: NASA
The NASA Space Weather App provides access to space environment information from the sun to the earth, giving users a look at complex physical processes as they evolve, and how these processes affect the near earth space environment. All data products in the NASA Space Weather application are user selectable, allowing customized display configurations that include only the products of interest to each particular user. NASA Space Weather App has a catalog of over 200 unique space weather analysis data products ranging from the solar domain all the way to the earth’s ionosphere.

16. NASA Television
By: NASA
The NASA Television App brings live and on-demand TV programming to your iPhone or iPod Touch. Watch the latest NASA events unfold in real-time or select from a list of recently uploaded videos. Plan your viewing up to a week in advance with the NASA TV schedule, and check out a list of NASA-related programming on other networks.

17. Rocket Science 101
By: NASA
You don’t have to be a rocket scientist to launch a NASA spacecraft with NASA’s Rocket Science 101 (RS101)! Select your favorite NASA mission and build a rocket to send the spacecraft into orbit. As you take the RS101 challenge, you can learn more about thrilling missions and the various components of the launch vehicles, how they are configured and how they work together to successfully launch a NASA spacecraft. NASA’s Launch Services Program (LSP) does the same things for real rockets and exciting spacecraft missions every day – now it’s your turn!

18. Satellite Insight
By: Jet Propulsion Laboratory
A sea of critical real-time weather data floods into the satellite’s memory grid. A storm full of tornadoes is brewing! The Sun is about to blast out a huge solar flare that could destroy satellites! To save lives and protect expensive instruments, the GOES-R weather satellite must not lose any of the data it is collecting. You can help! Bundle like data types together and store them safely before the data grid overflows.

19. Sector 33
By: Ames Research Center
It’s a stormy Friday evening in Northern California as the evening rush of air traffic fast approaches the San Francisco Bay Area. All the flights going to San Francisco airport from the east pass through “Sector 33” – YOUR Sector of the airspace. Can you handle sector 33?

20. Space Images
By: Jet Propulsion Laboratory
Discover, share and explore stunning images and videos of space from NASA/JPL. Discover stunning images and videos of space, stars and planets — including Earth and the sun! — at your fingertips with the Space Images app from NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory, a leader in robotic exploration of the solar system.

21. Spacecraft 3D
By: Jet Propulsion Laboratory
NASA’s Spacecraft 3D is an augmented reality (AR) application that lets you learn about and interact with a variety of spacecraft that are used to explore our solar system, study Earth, and observe the universe. Using a printed AR Target and the camera on your mobile device, you can get up close with these robotic explorers, see how they move, and learn about the engineering feats used to expand our knowledge and understanding of space. Spacecraft 3D will be updated over time to include more of the amazing spacecraft that act as our robotic eyes on the earth, the solar system and beyond!

22. NASA Visualization Explorer
By: NASA
NASA SCIENCE: REVEALED! This is the NASA Visualization Explorer, the coolest way to get stories about advanced space-based research delivered right to your iPad. A direct connection to NASA’s extraordinary fleet of research spacecraft, this app presents cutting edge research stories in an engaging and exciting format. See the Earth as you’ve never seen it before; travel to places otherwise unavailable to even the most intrepid explorers! Download it now, tap into the power of NASA’s cutting-edge research today and check for new stories every week!

23. Space Communications and Navigation: Networking
By: NASA
The National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) Space Communications and Navigation (SCaN) Program is responsible for providing communications and navigation services to space flight missions located throughout the solar system. Astronauts, mission controllers, and scientists depend upon the reliable transmission of information between Earth and spacecraft in low Earth orbit (LEO) or deep space.
As a new Network Manager, your job will be to build and upgrade a complex communications network in order to support scientific missions.

24. Accent: Commemorating Shuttle
By: NASA
Ascent is a compilation of film and video representing the best of the best ground based Shuttle motion imagery from the STS-114, STS-117, and STS-124 missions. This app includes the entire Ascent production with commentary, numerous additional scenes, selected images, production notes, and an unreleased trailer.

25. NASA Glenn Research Center: The Early Years 
By: NASA
A photographic retrospective of the first forty years of operation at NASA’s Glenn Research Center, located in Cleveland, Ohio. Drawn from a large collection of archived photos, these images and in-depth descriptions provide an insight into the research, people, and activities that helped pioneer America’s advances in aeronautics and space technology. Get a unique view and understanding of NASA Glenn’s history from 1941 through 1979.

 

NASA Apps for Android

26. NASA App
By: NASA
The flagship NASA App invites you to discover a wealth of NASA information right on your iPhone or iPod touch. The NASA App collects, customizes and delivers an extensive selection of dynamically updated images, videos and news from various online NASA sources in a convenient mobile package. Come explore with NASA.

27. Earth-Now
By: Jet Propulsion Laboratory
NASA’s Earth Now is an application that visualizes recent global climate data from Earth Science satellites, including surface air temperature, carbon dioxide, carbon monoxide, ozone, and water vapor as well as gravity and sea level variations. Data sets are visually described using “false color” maps. Color-coded legends are provided to indicate relative strength or weakness of an environmental condition. The resulting 3D model of the Earth may be rotated by a single finger stroke, and may also be zoomed in or out by pinching 2 fingers. It was developed by the Earth Science Communications and Visualization Technology Applications and Development Teams at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory, with support from NASA Headquarters.

28. NASA Be a Martian
By: Jet Propulsion Laboratory
The Be A Martian app lets you experience Mars as if you were there! Take part in discovery as it happens and join a community of worldwide explorers! This app offers exciting ways to take part in discovery and learn about NASA’s Mars missions.

29. NASA Desert RATS Virtual Site
By: NASA
The Desert RATS Virtual Test Site is a 3-D environment that combines NASA models with topography and satellite imagery to bring the Arizona analog to your mobile device. Navigate your avatar around the 2011 Base Camp to see hardware NASA is testing in the field. Visit kiosks at each asset to learn about how it fits into the future of space exploration and link to the projects on the web. An aerial map is also provided to show NASA science sites along the Black Point Lava Flow and share the questions geologists hope to answer during the outing.

30. NASA HIAD
By: NASA
A giant cone of inner tubes stacked together may someday help cargo, or even people, land on another planet or return to Earth. NASA calls the spacecraft technology HIAD – Hypersonic Inflatable Aerodynamic Decelerator.
Learn the challenges NASA faces as it works to develop an inflatable spacecraft. Choose the right shape, materials and trajectory to use a HIAD to bring cargo back from space.

31. Space Images
By: Jet Propulsion Laboratory
Discover, share and explore stunning images and videos of space from NASA/JPL
Discover stunning images and videos of space, stars and planets — including Earth and the sun! — at your fingertips with the Space Images app from NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory, a leader in robotic exploration of the solar system.

32. ISSLive
By: NASA
Interact with live streaming data from the International Space Station (ISS), Take virtual 3D tours of the Mission Control Center (MCC) and ISS, and View console displays, crew and science timelines for a fun, educational experience with NASA.

 

Internal NASA Apps (built to improve how we do business)

33.  WebTADS
By: CIMA/iOS
WebTADS Mobile is a lighter version of the desktop-based WebTADS developed to provide NASA Civil Servants with the convenience of recording time when they’re not in the office or connected via VPN. You may find the best features of the mobile version are that it can be on both personal and NASA-issued devices, and you don’t have to be connected to the NASA network in order to use it! Any cellular or wireless connection can work. \

34. NASA Contacts 
By: CIMA/iOS
Look up your NASA colleagues’ contact information directly from your phone.

35. apps@NASA
By: CIMA/iOS
apps@NASA lets NASA authorized users search and install the latest internal mobile apps created or hosted by the Center for Internal Mobile Applications (CIMA).

36. Equipment Inventory
By: CIMA/Android
The NASA Equipment Inventory Program is used to facilitate the NASA equipment inventory process by allowing users to scan an ECN barcode or manually enter an ECN via a mobile device which will then update SAP. This program is for the use of those with the Inventory Team Member Role only.

37. iMorpheus
By: JSC/iOS
Project Morpheus is testing a new NASA spacecraft at the Johnson Space Center, and the iMorpheus iOS app aims to bring you right to the center of the action! iMorpheus streams real lander telemetry from the Christopher C. Kraft Jr. Mission Control Center and builds a live, real-time 3D simulation during actual engine and performance tests. If the lander isn’t being tested, you can just go to manual and have your own virtual test flight around JSC!

38. Multimedia Control Program
By: JSC/iOS
The Multimedia Control Program for the Mobile Command Post (MCP2) is used to control the multiple inputs and displays required for the Johnson Space Center Mobile Command Post. A mobile command center used as a remote operating location during center emergencies. The application uses a wireless subnet to send commands to an AMX controller to switch the video and audio matrix in a simple reliable way.

39. iARC
By: Ames Research Center/iOS/Android
iARC is a mobile app specifically for Ames Research Center which will allow Ames users to search buildings on campus by name, pinpoint on the map, see location relative to their own and stay informed with the latest news.

40. MSFC Innovation and Technology Day
By: Marshall Space Flight Center/iOS
iPhone application to provide information concerning the Innovation and Technology Day activities at Marshall Space Flight Center.

41.ExplorNet
By: Marshall Space Flight Center/iOS/Android
ExplorNet allows for collaborative work from your mobile device.

 

OTHER COOL SPACE APPS!

Sky Map
By:Sky Map Devs/Android
Sky Map turns your Android-powered device into a window on the night sky.
Open sourced and donated by Google.

Planets
By: Q Continuum/iOS
3D guide to the solar system for aspiring astronomers!

GoSatWatch
By: GoSoftWorks/iOS
Track the Space X Dragon mission!
Real time satellite tracking on your iPhone, iPad or iPod touch. Find out when and where any satellite including the international space station can be seen from any location in the world. Easily identify satellites seen in the sky with real time tracking.

Go StarGaze
By:Astronomical Society of the Pacific/iOS
Want to see the moon, stars & planets through a telescope? Find stargazing events and astronomy clubs using Go StarGaze. The Astronomical Society of the Pacific, the largest general astronomy society in the world, developed Go StarGaze to help you find stargazing events and astronomy clubs in the USA within seconds. Knowledgeable people share their telescopes and guide you as you explore the universe! With Go StarGaze you’ll find star parties where you can take your family, friends, or a special someone for an unforgettable experience.

3D Sun
By: Dr. Tony Phillips/iOS
A major solar flare erupts on the sun. Before long, your phone chirps in your pocket to let you know! Pulling out your phone, you see a 3D view of the sun — a digital reconstruction of satellite images freshly downloaded from NASA’s “”STEREO”” satellites, orbiting millions of miles away.
You rotate the sun with your finger to view it from any angle. You pinch in and out to zoom in for a closer look at the sun’s ever-changing surface.

NASA News Reader
By: Splaysoft, LLC
NASA News Reader grabs the top stories from the NASA and delivers them to your iPhone.

NASA Now
By: Neil Kelly
NASA Now presents the latest news from NASA in an ordered fashion, and in chronological order. The topics include breaking news from NASA, the image of the day, topical news updates, and the latest from their missions. Any of the content can be shared by email, Facebook, or Twitter. All images are courtesy of NASA.

HubbleSite
By: Space Telescope Science Institute
HubbleSite is the online home of NASA’s Hubble Space Telescope, invites you to help choose the world’s most popular Hubble images. Get wallpaper, Hubble facts, and more.

Apollo 11: The Game
By: DHX Media
Forty years ago, the first man landed on the moon. Now relive the epic adventure on your iPhone with Apollo 11: The Game, created in collaboration with NASA. Take a trip to the moon and find yourself in the seat of one of the greatest events in the history of mankind.

SpaceGeek: NASA News and Multimedia
By: Atlantia Software LLC
SpaceGeek is the easiest way to keep up to date on all the recent happenings around NASA and space exploration. Access News, Twitter updates, Daily Images, Videos and a 24/7 Live Stream of NASA-TV, all from the convenience of your iPhone or iPod Touch.

SpaceLab
By:Odyssey Space Research L.L.C
SpaceLab for iOS was developed for scientific payloads and experimentation in space, but is available now for download to offer a simulated experience to users on the ground.

Astronaut Spacewalk
By: Jorge Hernandez
Astronaut Spacewalk is a highly realistic astronaut jetpack simulator. Fly the Manned Maneuvering Unit from the Space Shuttle cargo bay to several satellites, align into position to make repairs and dock back into the Shuttle. Fly the jetpack in 20 daring missions. Up for a Challenge?

ISS Detector
ISS Detector is an easy to use automatic personal ISS tracker and sat tracker with a build in system for notifications and alarms. You will never miss a pass of the International Space Station, and you will never miss the bright flashes of the iridium communication satellites. ISS Detector will also check if the weather conditions are right. A clear sky is perfect for spotting; you now know when and where to look.

NASA (APOD) Live Wall Paper
NASA Astronomy Picture of the Day – Live Wallpaper
Bring the vivid worlds of space, stars and the cosmos to your phone.

NASA Images Archive
The biggest NASA images archive on Android market! More than 60 000 images with full information: title, description, release date, object name, object type, position, distance … in 5 categories: Universe, Solar system, Earth, Aeronautics, Astronauts.

Now *this* is living in the 21st Century!

It’s amazing to see all the apps that are related to NASA and space, all compressed into one list. As a space lover, I like the apps that feature neat pictures from space or interactive simulations, which tends to be a theme for most of them.

From the list above we can say that (so far) 74% of the apps are iOS and 26% are Android. Although Android continues to grow iOS stands firm and dominates the NASA application list! Find the apps that most interest you, and spark your interest in science and space through them! They’re only a touch away.

This list is definitely not complete – we need your help to make it even more accurate. Do you know of any other apps that should be on this list?  What kind of apps would you like to see?  Let us know in the comments below or email us at opengov@nasa.gov.

 

 

About Brenda

Johnson Space Center

brenda.e.velasquez@nasa.gov