Created by NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory, this stunning educational app uses native mobile augmented reality to bring spacecraft explorers from across the solar system to whatever space you’re in. Find a flat surface and view interactive 3D models right in front of you, scaled to table-top size or in their true-to-life proportions. Take pics with the spacecraft in your favorite environments, and explore detailed info about their fascinating missions.
This tool is excellent for budding astronauts, teachers, and space enthusiasts. Bring NASA’s journey of exploration to life in the classroom, home, or anywhere.
Interact with 3D spacecraft models of the Curiosity rover, Mars Exploration Rover (Spirit/Opportunity), InSightSMAP, Voyager, Juno, and Cassini, the 70-Meter Deep Space Network Antenna and more.
Learn about missions that explore Earth, Mars, and beyond
True-to-life and adjustable size interaction
In-depth information about each space mission
Now you can download additional spacecraft:
Mars Exploration Rover (Spirit/Opportunity)
Atlas V 551 Rocket
And others (requires an internet connection)
Improved ambient lighting on dark and bright surfaces.
Ratings and Reviews
Unable to make it work
The app says move the phone around in circles until it detects a horizontal surface. No amount of moving the phone in circles fulfills the detection process. The help button gives information about the spacecraft but no information about the detection process.
No Camera Access
I had the same experience as Clancy W, only on an iPad Air 2 running OS 12.4. I was never prompted for camera access and it’s not an option in settings. I also tried reinstalling the app. Also, there’s no spacecraft to choose from under the Earth section.
NASA’s Spacecraft 3D is a great alternative. It works on every device I’ve ever tried it on (and I tried a lot since I work in a planetarium) and offers many of the same models.
It works perfectly and download was fast
- Jet Propulsion Laboratory
- 292.2 MB
Requires iOS 11.0 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch.
- Age Rating
- Rated 4+
- © 2019 California Institute of Technology
With Family Sharing set up, up to six family members can use this app.