‘Out of this World’ Selfies with NASA’s New App

NASA will celebrate the 15th anniversary of the launch of its Spitzer Space Telescope. It is an infrared space telescope which was launched way back in 2003 and is still active. The telescope was the fourth and final part of NASA Great Observatories Program.  To celebrate this achievement, NASA has developed two virtual reality apps. These apps will revolve around the incredible discoveries and amazing pictures recorded by the telescope. The first app will allow users to take selfies in front of gorgeous cosmic locations. The other one is called Exoplanet Excursions where the users can explore the TRAPPIST-1 planetary system, the only known system that has seven roughly Earth-sized planets.

The Selfies app is a boon to all those people that risk their lives to capture good photos of themselves. NASA currently has a gallery of 30 beautiful locations, all captured by the Spitzer telescope. Users can take snapshots of themselves in a virtual spacesuit and pose either in the middle of the Milky Way galaxy or the Helix Nebula. You just have to snap a photo, pick a background, and as always, share it on social media. Now you can take photos that are literally ‘out of this world.’ In addition to this, NASA will also provide the user information behind the location in which they are taking the selfie. More images and locations will be added to this gallery soon.

On the other hand, the Exoplanet Excursions app takes the user on a tour around the TRAPPIST-1 planetary system. The system is too far for telescopes to study it. However, the Spitzer telescope has helped scientists discover these planets and provide information about them. The VR experience features artists’ impressions on how the planet might look like. The app navigates the user to 5 out of thee 7 planets. You are surrounded by the darkness of the space and the light of distant stars. Moreover, the app will also provide known statistics of each planet, like the size and density.

A 360-degree video is also be available on the Spitzer Youtube page that allows viewers to explore the virtual TRAPPIST-1 system on their desktop, smartphone. These apps will be available on Oculus and Vive through the Spitzer mission website.



By Abhishek Aggarwal

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