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NASA App

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Information-packed tool delivers videos, photos, and more.

What parents need to know

Educational value

Kids can learn just about anything they ever wanted to know about the solar system and about NASA's missions by navigating through the videos, photos, live feeds, and loads of text in NASA App. For kids with a big appetite for learning about the solar system, NASA App provides a wealth of information. However, given the amount of text and information, young users may need more focus than the app provides. With guidance, kids can discover a wealth of information about the solar system with NASA App.

Ease of play

Just select whatever you're interested in from the simple menu -- NASA TV, tweets, mission information, videos or photos -- tap, and you're there.

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Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that the free NASA App is an official NASA app, jam-packed with more information on the U.S. space program and astronomy than you could digest in a lifetime. With new information added daily from a variety of NASA sources, including NASA's public television channel, this app can launch you into outer space from your couch, on the bus, or in the classroom. Users can log in via Facebook Connect to share information, but this is optional. There is also a built-in Twitter client, but you don't need an account to follow NASA tweets.

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What's it about?

Kids can discover a lot about space exploration with NASA App. They can read up on facts about planets and NASA's space programs, see NASA's photos and videos, and even keep up to date on NASA’s tweets, launch schedule, and features in the news. The information is fairly organized, but there is a lot of get through.

Is it any good?

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With NASA APP, the NASA Ames Research Center has created an all-in-one astronomy, engineering, and future-astronaut inspiration tool. You can check out a sunset over South America from space, the Obamas' touring the shuttle launch facility, and stay tuned to the next launch via a countdown clock all on the same (free!) app.  Track the orbit of the International Space Station, count down the liftoff of the next mission launch, learn about the NASA Hall of Fame, view amazing photos from space, and more. New photos, videos, and tweets are added constantly.

Families can talk about...

  • Given the large amount of information in NASA App, provide a goal or focus for a given play session such as "Let's learn about Jupiter today,” or "Let's see what NASA's next mission is about."

  • Visit a local planetarium, observatory, or air and space museum to learn more about astronomy.

App details

Devices:iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android
Subjects:Science: astronomy
Skills:Thinking & Reasoning: investigation, part-whole relationships, thinking critically
Price:Free
Pricing structure:Free
Release date:April 25, 2011
Category:Education
Publisher:NASA Ames Research Center
Version:1.38
Minimum software requirements:iOS 3.0 or later; Android 2.1 and up

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