NASA has released two new apps that allow users to take selfies in space and even visit a star system of seven earth-sized exoplanets in virtual reality (VR). The release of the apps marks and celebrates the 15th anniversary of the launch of NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope, which includes image capabilities in both new apps.
The NASA Selfies app gives users the ability to take photos in a virtual space suit in front of some of the most picturesque places the space has to offer. These include the Milky Way's center and the Orion Nebula, a famous birthplace located about 1350 light-years from Earth.
"The app also provides information about the science behind these stunning images, and there are currently 30 eye-catching images, all selected by Spitzer," NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory staff said in a statement on the app space.com : "More images from the agency other space missions will be added in the future."
The other app that NASA has released is NASA's Exoplanet Excursions VR, which shows TRAPPIST-1 where seven earth-size planets were confirmed in 2017. Although the details about the state of the planets and how habitable they remain, it remains unclear, this does not stop the excitement of being able to visit them in VR.
"Sharpener played a major NASA officials said," The TRAPPIST-1 system is too far away to observe telescopes directly on this planet, but this VR exp shows artists how the planets might look. These impressions are based on data from Spitzer and other telescopes that studied the TRAPPIST-1 system. "
The NASA Selfies app can now be downloaded on iOS and Android devices to play the role of an astronaut." NASA Exoplanet Excursions VR is available through the website of Oculus Rift and HTC Vive A 360-degree YouTube video is also available for people who enjoy it on a mobile device or on their desktop.
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