New virtual reality apps from NASA let users take space selfies and visit a cool star system that has seven Earth-size exoplanets.
The two apps were made public last week to celebrate the 15th anniversary of the launch of NASA’s Spitzer Space Telescope. That instrument’s infrared images feature in both of the new programs.
The NASA Selfies app, available at this link for iOS and Android, lets viewers take selfies in front of picturesque space locations. Examples include the center of the Milky Way galaxy (Earth’s home galaxy) and the Orion Nebula, a famous star-birth region located about 1,350 light-years from Earth.
“The app also provides information about the science behind these stunning images. There are currently 30 eye-catching images to choose from, all taken by Spitzer,” officials from NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory said in a statement. “More images from the agency’s other science and human spaceflight missions will be added in the future.”