These 5 out of this world space apps is going to blow your mind

These 5 out of this world space apps is going to blow your mind

We're paying tribute to David Bowie, and his love of space this week.There are lots of awesome apps to nurture our passion for the universe. It was hard picking just five …

F-Sim Space Shuttle

Ever wondered what it's like to land a space shuttle? This cool app simulates flying a real spacecraft with amazing detail and accuracy. Successfully landing the heavy orbiter at twice the speed of a normal plane is tricky, especially when the changing weather conditions make it even more difficult. Compare your score with friends, unlock new achievements, and replay your landing video.

Available: iOS/Android - HK$38


Satellite Flybys

It's pretty hard to see the stars in the middle of a city, but occasionally you might see something bright moving slowly in an arc across the sky. That's a satellite - and there are hundreds orbiting the Earth. With this app, you get an alert when the International Space Station, a shuttle, or even spy sats are flying overhead. For each, there's a photo and a description.

Available: iOS/Android - HK$23


Nasa App

No one could truly call themselves a true space enthusiast without the Nasa App. It contains gorgeous images, amazing videos, fascinating space information, and details of different missions conducted by the US space agency. With this app, you can find out how human discoveries are making the universe seem like a smaller place every day.

 

Available: iOS/Android - Free


Distant Suns

Humans may never travel to even our nearest star, but at least there are apps like these that let you explore the cosmos from the comfort of your bedroom. With lush graphics and a wealth of information, Distant Suns shows you what's what in the night sky, and answers all those space questions you've been pondering.

Available: iOS/Android - HK$38


Galaxy Zoo

Become a smartphone scientist! To understand how galaxies have formed, astronomers need your help classifying them according to their shapes. Images come from telescopes and it's up to you to put that galaxy in the right category. If you're quick, you may even be the first person to see the galaxies you're asked to classify.

Available: Android - Free

This article appeared in the Young Post print edition as
Space apps to blow your mind

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