Revealed! US space agency's facility in... er... Stoke-on-Trent
Android App of the Week Arriving on Android and iOS to coincide with the last mission of the Space Shuttle, NASA's new official app is a must-have for anyone with even a passing interest in humankind's efforts to reach for the stars.
Basically a portal for the vast amounts of media the National Aeronautics and Space Administration generates and distributes through its web sites, the app gives you easy access to an absolute shed-load of images, videos and written material.
The menu is simple and clear
The design itself is quite basic with nine icons taking you to NASA’s mission database, Image and Astro picture-of-the-day feeds, videos, Tweets, News, NASA TV, and a Featured section which is currently running a series of interesting articles called "The Year of the Solar System".
OK, that’s only eight. The final icon shows you the location of your nearest NASA centre. Rather oddly, it shows one site in the UK, in a field just off the A522 south of Kingsley Moor near Stoke-on-Trent.
Revealed! US space agency's Stoke-on-Trent facility
I’m not sure about that because it looks like a farm in Google Maps. Maybe NASA renting a corner of the huge JCB factory just across the road and got the co-ordinates a bit out. Any readers live nearby fancy taking a shufti?
The TV section not only gives you details of what’s showing on NASA's own live and recorded web TV streams but also anything NASA-related on the likes of Discovery Science and The History Channel.
Plenty of news and features
If you want to keep up to date with missions old and new there is a list of forthcoming launches – next is the Juno probe to Jupiter which lifts of on 5 August - as well as details of all ongoing programmes right back to Voyager.
The Astro Pic of the Day archive contains over 5500 images and has built-in options to share images directly to Facebook and Twitter or by e-mail as well set them as your device wallpaper. ®
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Stop believing the crap. I have over 100 apps on my phone, all of them free. I have received not one marketing email from any of them. In fact, since creating a gmail account, I have received no spam whatsoever into that account. That account has no address, phone number or any other personal info attached to it and even Google can't tell whether the name on it is real or not.
I would say, from reading things on here, that a certain fruity company knows more about its users than big bad Google does about me.
wrong wrong wrong
you are all wrong, surely you can see what has happened here? NASA has let it slip that all those photos of the moon from the Apollo missions were really just shots of some slightly off oatcakes!
So thats what Stargoose was about: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Stargoose
Shades of Captain Scarlet
"Commander Armstrong requisitioning Atlas-Agena number 461."
A concealed button is pressed. Outside the poulty shed splits into two and a two-stage rocket rises up from between the halves...
It's not a NASA facility...
it's a very naughty boy.
Seriously though, that pin in the map isn't a facility icon... If you zoom right out, you'll see the real NASA icons in the USA, not surprisingly. When I ran the app, the pin was placed in my living room... Let the rumours of why your pin was in a field commence.