Spacecraft 3D

Best Apps of July 2012

Spacecraft 3D 
(Developed by NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory)
Available for: iOS 
Price: Free

Sometimes it seems like there are as many space-themed applications in the App Store as there are stars in the sky, but Spacecraft 3D is a standout by any metric. Developed by NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory at the California Institute of Technology, the app leverages augmented reality software and the iOS device camera to enable users to get up close and personal with the robotic emissaries exploring the reaches of the solar system, delivering you-are-there 3D animations from the perspective of the cutting-edge machines spearheading a deeper human understanding of time and space. NASA promises that future updates will bring even greater insights into the far-flung reaches of the solar system. Credit the iOS platform for putting the whole world--and so much more--in the palm of your hand.