Reach Across the Stars 4+

A Universe of Explorers

Smithsonian Institution

    • 4.2 • 26 Ratings
    • Free



In the app’s journeys, a current scientist takes viewers into her work environment, recalling her favorite career moments as well as challenges and obstacles. Some of the feature stories combine audio interviews, video, 3D environments and 360-degree virtual reality content to let viewers peek into the worlds of these scientific heroes.

A user can explore NASA’s Chandra X-ray Observatory astronaut Cady Coleman, tour the Crab Nebula pulsar with astrophysicist Jocelyn Bell Burnell, and get a behind-the-scenes look at the Mars 2020 rover with Christina Hernandez, an instrument engineer at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory.

Some of the women in the stories of this new app include computer scientist Grace Hopper, astronomer Nancy Roman, mathematician Katherine Johnson, physicist and chemist Marie Curie and astronauts Mae Jemison and Sally Ride.

The project received support from the Smithsonian American Women’s History Initiative, Because of Her Story. Launched in 2018, Because of Her Story is one of the country’s most ambitious undertakings to research, collect, document, display and share the compelling story of women.

Support also comes from Chandra. The Chandra X-ray Observatory, one of NASA’s “Great Observatories,” has a special connection to the Smithsonian as its science and operations center is at the Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory in Massachusetts. The Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Alabama, manages the Chandra X-ray Center on behalf of NASA.

What’s New

Version 3.1

Improved loading time and usability upgrades.

Ratings and Reviews

4.2 out of 5
26 Ratings

26 Ratings

from claire ,

Ok,I can’t explain how much I like this game.

My favorite things to learn about is science,history,and space and all those things are in this app! +plus I know what a nebula is+

Macarondream ,

Super cool

I love learning about scientists and this gives a chance to explore the stars too.

pentakillsona ,

Not a well designed app

Not well designed, seemed to be just a copy of “star gazing and constellation” apps. Also doesn’t provide any sources of fact checking and isn’t that insightful. Could have had more “fun facts” or games as a learning app that is seemingly geared towards children.

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The developer does not collect any data from this app.

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