Today I am embroiled in some kind of nostalgia, we are celebrating today the launch of the first ever re-usable Rocket-ship into Space. It was an enormous undertaking for NASA and giant step for humanity in general as it was a radical departure from how we normally did Space tech.
Yours truly was just a young nerd then, with an incredibly insatiable curiosity for Technology. I didn’t become a nerd as an adult, as some of you might have read in my About page. I was inquisitive about anything tech. As a young African boy I was one of the few that was allowed into the American Embassy to watch NBC News. I was a known face there in the Embassy library, as I have devoured all the tech books at the local library, so I regularly visit the American Embassy library which was always full of new stuffs.
So I usually stay behind to watch the NBC News Nightly on Technology. I was particularly fond of news on the Building the new Space Shuttle. I watched it built from scratch to finish. And of course the joy of seeing the Lift-Off on April 12 1981. That night, right there and then I decided I would be an astronaut. Too bad that dream didn’t come true. But those are the things that influence a budding technologist in my formative years, to make me what I am today.
Thank you NASA for great inspirations and leading humanity in this Next Frontier. Keep the Wheel turning. Keep taking us where “No Man Has Gone Before”
Happy celebrations all you NASA fans!
STS-1 Launch 1981–A new Dawn
Another day, another App. Here is NASA’s JPL releasing yet another app in the Store joining the Be A Martian App, and this time a dedicated App for the Mars Rover: Curiosity. I personally like this development as this meant we will be seeing dedicated apps for NASA wares on Mars and other parts of the Universe. Hey NASA, can we have one too for Vger, ahem, I meant Voyager 1 and 2? ;-)
Anyway, If you’ve been a Space bum like me and most of my friends you know who Curiosity is, he has been making waves since August this year on Mars. First with a Grand Entry, landing on rockets of fire, and already finding some strange objects. Ach, don’t take my word for it, just install this app and get the full details from NASA, and keep abreast of latest information too about this dear Robot. You said what I meant with ‘dear’? Well, I have personal vested interest in this robot because it took some names of earthlings to Mars and Yours truly’s name in on that list.
Here’s how JPL describes this app in the Store:
NASA’s Mars Rover Curiosity, landed on Mars August 6th, 2012. Explore this amazing SUV-sized rover, and learn about the tools that it will use to explore the Martian landscape.
Explore NASA’s Mars Rover Curiosity with touch or your mouse.
Learn about why Curiosity is a Mars Science Laboratory.
Share your love of exploration with your friends.
If you love Curiosity and will like to more about his robots mission, please download this app immediately via the Source.
Source: Windows Store
Hey, what have we here? A Martian Software on Windows 8! Another quality App has come to grace the Store. NASA JPL is here with “NASA Be A Matian” App to teach you what it takes to be on Mars. An educational package for young and
old young-at-heart alike to experience Mars as one of the Robots we currently have roaming Mars at the moment. Learn how these robots operates, the condition that affects them and the challenges they face daily to supply us with those gorgeous Pics and data we receive from Mars daily. Jet Propulsion Laboratory describes the App as follows:
Be A Martian: Come explore Mars with us!
Space exploration is no longer limited to the intrepid few, but is open to us all as members of a spacefaring society. Be part of exploration and discovery in these times, and personally contribute to the expansion of human knowledge for all of us now, and as a legacy for those who follow.
Join a community of worldwide explorers! NASA/JPL’s Be A Martian App offers exciting ways to take part in discovery and learn about NASA’s Mars missions. You can also view Mars images and videos, and read the mission news. Learn more about Be A Martian at: http://BeAMartian.jpl.nasa.gov and visit NASA’s Mars Exploration Program website: http://mars.jpl.nasa.gov.
See the latest mission images of our spacecraft and those returned from the Red Planet.
Get the latest updates on Curiosity’s Journey
Learn about Mars and all the active missions.
Ask us a question about Mars.
Get up-to-the-minute news.
Check out behind-the-scenes videos featuring people on the missions.
Come take this trip with us, learn all you can about Mars and join & contribute to the Community of Space farers. Maybe you’ll be the one to first identify Life in the strings of pictures available for scrutiny. Download this app and take a trip with us. Download via the Source Link.
Source: Windows Store
Well, that didn’t take long! The first Astronomy Picture of the Day viewer or APoD viewer as some of us Space junkies call them, has hit the Store. Did I hear you say Panoramic? Yes, Apod viewing was naturally meant for Metro design language! You can pan till you drop for endless pictures of Space. What’s more, the vendor bring the Day’s picture to the Tile, so you are already enticed to go view the Day’s submission. Who says Tiles aren’t useful? You can view HD pictures and even Save it to HD or your SkyDrive account.
Download the app right away via the Source below.
Source: Windows Store