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[App of the week] NASA lets you discover the Moon with Moon Tours

NASA has been researching, mapping and probing Earth’s only natural satellite since the ’60 so they must already know all or almost all there is to know about it. This is why the Jet Propulsion Laboratory from NASA decided to release and Android app named Moon Tours so that every person from around the world who wants to explore the Silvery rock can do so.

 

Moon tours

 

Craters, slopes, mountains, minerals and former life signals, among other things, have been examined and data has been collected and now the public can get a glimpse of that too via mobile app data. The app has over 600 scientific data sets and layers to explore. It is aimed at lunar scientists, engineers and other scholars, as well as the layman public. The app is free and you can find it in the Google play store via the widget below.

 

[googleplay url=”https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=gov.nasa.lmmp.mobile.moontours.android”]

 

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Google partners with Space X to bring Internet access to everyone

Google is partnering with Space X to make Internet access for everyone a real goal! It is official! Google and Fidelity have invested $1 billion in the private space firm, thus obtaining 10% share. This funding will go towards developing reusable rocket technology and satellite manufacturing.

 

Space X launch

 

It appears that Google’s interests are of helping Space X deploy a micro-satellite network around the world that could deliver internet access on the ground. This is not Google’s first attempt at changing the world of connectivity; they previously worked on Google Fiber by bringing it in some US cities and on the balloon-based project Loon. The hypothetical Space X network would reside on a lower orbit and would make latency less difficult as opposed to traditional satellite internet.

Space X is currently working with NASA based on a contract where they deliver supplies to the International Space Station via their Dragon capsules. A next generation capsule is in development and it is supposed to be able to send NASA astronauts into orbit. The firm has been developing enough launch vehicles based on the Falcon 9 rocket it previously built, so there should be enough throttle for tiny satellites sent into space.

Source: SpaceX via Androidpolice