By Midnight Martian
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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 in Version 1.4
• Updated to support full resolution on iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus
• Updated for iOS 8
• Minor enhancements
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.
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.
As one who grew up with Asimov and Clarke and Heinlein, with Sputnik and Explorer 1 and tracking Echo 1 & 2 by eye in my granddad's back yard and Tiros and Mariner and all the other probes and lunar landings and Skylab and Mir and the shuttle and ISS and Hubble and our other big eyes on the sky and now these landers and eyes on Mars....To be able see Mars, SEE it, like this, is just the best. You kids just can't imagine. Onward! Upward! Ad Astra Per Ardua!
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- Category: Reference
- Updated: Oct 03, 2014
- Version: 1.4
- Size: 13.5 MB
- Language: English
- Seller: Michael Howard
- © 2012 Michael R. Howard
Compatibility: Requires iOS 7.0 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch.