July 8, 2011 | by Tony Price
On the same day as the launch of the final space shuttle mission at the Kennedy Space Center, NASA released a new app into the Android Market. If you are into NASA and space exploration, then the official NASA App is a must see. With it’s grand visuals and access to exclusive content, it will make any space fan happy.
Having played with the app for a while after watching the Atlantis launch into space today, I can say that it accomplishes its goal marvelously. It gives users access to a live stream of NASA TV, photos from current and archived missions, and even news items. It also integrates the NASA Twitter accounts, allowing to get the latest information without leaving the app.
My biggest issue with the NASA App is that it isn’t really very pretty. I feel like there has been a bar set by most app creators for visual appeal. The NASA app has some beautiful photos inside, but the shell that they come packaged in isn’t much to look at.
It also doesn’t make use of some of Android’s best features, like the Menu button. This particular downfall makes me think that it was only ported to Android as an afterthought. That makes me a little sad, as I am a firm believer in the power of the little green robot.
All in all, the NASA App is a great addition to Android. If you missed this mornings launch, then grab this app form the Android Market and hit the video tab to see the replay. It was really quite beautiful. The NASA App is available for free in the Android Market.
App: NASA App