Discover NASA's Augmented Reality Mobile Apps

Discover NASA's Augmented Reality Mobile Apps
March 29, 2020

The "lunar and planetARy" app from the Lunar and Planetary Institute (LPI) lets smartphone users explore planets, moons and other solar system objects via augmented reality. By pointing your smartphone camera at one of six downloadable graphics, you'll see 3D global maps of the moon, Mars, Pluto, Jupiter's moon Europa, Saturn and seven of its moons. Get the app for free from the App Store and Google Play; the interactive posters are free to download from LPI. (You don't actually need to print the posters; pointing your camera at the digital images on a computer screen works, too.)

NASA's Mars Curiosity rover pays a virtual visit to someone's living room via the agency's free Spacecraft AR mobile app. (Image credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech)


NASA's "Spacecraft AR" app brings the agency's many spacecraft right to your living room, so you can check them out with augmented reality. The educational app, which was developed by NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory, will place interactive 3D models right in front of you. Download it for free from the App Store and Google Play


Smithsonian's "Apollo's Moon Shot AR" app is an immersive augmented reality (AR) experience that recreates the full timeline of the Apollo missions, allowing users to relive history for themselves. It is based on the channel's six-part television series, "Apollo's Moon Shot," which follows the journey of the moon landing program. The free app is available for download at the App store and Google Play.

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