Truth is, getting Curiosity on Mars was an intricate job to which contributed hundreds if not thousands of people all over the chain.
One thing you wouldn’t feel good about, though, is still remaining uninformed about NASA’s $2.5 billion mission to Mars and the wonderous Curiosity rover that’s now roaming a deep crater on another planet where it’s possible that even life could have existed. That’s what it’s there to prove actually.
So, where do you turn for learning? Your mobile devices of course. NASA is taking good care of smartphone adopters and has a couple of apps that you can not only use to inform yourself, but also show to your friends and impress them. Check them out and use the excitement to bring the message - science is cool.
Top five apps for all things NASA, space, Mars and the Curiosity rover
1. NASA Science Mission Highlights - iOS - Free
Before we even get to the Mars mission (we’ll get to it!), this app should be your first stop to refresh your knowledge on NASA’s Science Mission Highlights, their different goals and what some of those discoveries mean.
Download NASA Science Mission Highlights on iOS
2. Spacecraft 3D - iOS - Free
With the knowledge from the first app, you can jump right into the hot topic - the Mars landing. Or at least the most important part of it - the Curiosity rover. This amazing augmented reality 3D app lets you look at the car-sized rover in great detail, and there other vehicles for you to compare too.
Download Spacecraft 3D on iOS
3. Mars Globe - iOS - Free
Once you know what the Curiosity rover looks like, you should be ready for a look at the surface of the Red Planet. The high-res map is convenient and optimized to run on the iPad, what’s best - you can look where the Gale crater is. That’s the exact place where the Curiosity rover landed!
Download Mars Globe on iOS
4. ISS Live - iOS, Android - Free
Another hugely interesting, but also very, very long lasting project by not only NASA and the US, but the whole world is the International Space Station. The massive construction has various sections and you can take a peek at what’s going on there and how it’s all built with this app.
Download ISS Live on iOS
Download ISS Live on Android