Who doesn’t like free? And who doesn’t like great iPad apps? When the two come together it’s good stuff. With that in mind, we’d like to share our Best Free iPad App of the Week here every weekend.
This week’s pick is NASA Visualization Explorer – another stellar iPad app from the team at NASA. This one showcases the fascinating work being done with the aid of NASA’s fleet of research spacecraft.
Here’s the elevator pitch for it via its App Store page:
NASA science: revealed! This is the NASA Visualization Explorer, the coolest way to get stories about advanced space-based research delivered right to your iPad. A direct connection to NASA’s extraordinary fleet of research spacecraft, this app presents cutting edge research stories in an engaging and exciting format. See the Earth as you’ve never seen it before; travel to places otherwise unavailable to even the most intrepid explorers!
The app was just released this week and it currently has seven major story sections. These include an introduction to NASA’s earth-observing fleet and several stories on changes to our planet that are being tracked and monitored over a number of years by NASA’s scientists.
There are photographs, text, videos, and time-lapse videos from a number of active science missions. These provide an in-depth look at changes happening to our planet – like the disappearing groundwater supply in Northern India over the last decade, or an active mission in West Antarctica that is monitoring one of the world’s fastest moving glaciers.
Many of the videos in the app feature the NASA scientists involved in these missions talking about their efforts.
A few of the videos showing how ‘Hot Towers’ are formed within hurricanes are just amazing to watch.
NASA Visualization Explorer will have new stories added each week – so you can keep discovering more about some of these fascinating NASA projects.
The app has one bug that the developers are aware of and that they will fix in an upcoming update. It only affects the instruction pages within the app, which are really not needed for most users as the interface is simple to use. Here’s more detail on the issue:
We’re aware that viewing the instruction pages can cause a low-memory
situation on the iPad, which can result in the app becoming unresponsive. We
will fix this in a subsequent release. In the meantime, if this happens,
please quit the app,* and then relaunch it, and all should be well.
If you’re after more great free iPad apps, be sure to check out our previous choices for Best Free iPad of the Week.