Midnight Planets lets you explore Mars as seen by the Mars Rovers Curiosity, Spirit and Opportunity. It lets you view almost every image returned by the rovers in panoramic context, and provides a number of options for viewing in 3D. The app is an ongoing project in visualizing other worlds, using image data from spacecraft exploring our solar system.

What’s New

Version 1.4

• Updated to support full resolution on iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus
• Updated for iOS 8
• Minor enhancements

Ratings and Reviews

4.6 out of 5
79 Ratings
79 Ratings
elakdawalla ,

An indispensable interface to a vast quantity of rover data

There is so much data being sent to the Web from the rover missions that it's hard to get a handle on it all. Midnight Planets provides a variety of ways to track the rovers through the images they send us. My two favorite features: the rapid VR assembly of NavCam images and the ability to display stereo pairs as either red-blue anaglyphs or stereograms. The VR display is so cool, as it displays the rover's path; tapping on sol numbers lets you drive forward with the rover across the Martian terrain. The developer has been working on display of rover data since the MERs landed, and it shows.

Leeroyhat ,

About time an app like this arrives.

As a student of astronomy and physics, also working with jpl I never could find a website that would allow me to skim through all the photos curiosity had taken. It's almost as if nasa cherry picked the photo's they wanted me to see, rather than share the experience of actually being there. This app finally takes me there. Kind of sad, but as new horizons heads for Pluto, I wish the photos would update like this app. Because I just know they are going to horde every photo until the make a press release of their finest images getting there.

Cheeky Monkees ,

Hands down, the best way to view Mars surface features. Period.

If you enjoy closely studying surface images of Mars this is by far the best tool I’ve used. It lists the images by both location and sol but also will lay the photos out in a mosaic for each site with 360* of pan. This makes it possible to follow terrain and rock structures instantly into the site’s adjacent images. In addition its easy to follow the rovers path through each successive location on screen. Moving forward or back is done by clicking on screen markers in the image. Easy peasy.

This is my go to app for a walk on Mars.


Michael Howard
15.4 MB

Requires iOS 7.0 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch.



Age Rating
Rated 4+
© 2012 Michael R. Howard


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