Exploration of the Solar System Through Augmented Reality
NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory has createdSpacecraft 3D, an augmented reality (AR) app for iOS that lets students learn about and interact with a variety of spacecraft used to explore our solar system, study Earth, and observe the universe. Using a printed AR Target and the camera on their mobile device, students 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 spacecraft that act as our robotic eyes on Earth, our solar system, and beyond. Cost: Free
Plus: The NASA 3DVapp for iOS replicates the Spacecraft 3D application but deals with NASA’s flagship program—a deep-space exploration project that will take a human being to asteroids, Mars, and beyond. To use the app, students need to download and print a marker (Target), which represents the NASA logo. Then they simply choose which 3D concepts they’d like to see—Space Launch System rocket, Orion spacecraft, ground infrastructure at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center, or even the mission launch—and point their mobile device on the Target to see real technology masterpieces right in front of them. Cost: Free
What’s life like aboard the International Space Station (ISS)? Thanks to a virtual reality tour, students can step aboard this floating lab and virtually explore the station and its mind-boggling views.