NASA released a new Earth science iPad app, NASA Visualization Explorer, or NASA Viz, Tuesday.
The app, which was developed at the Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Md., offers users access to NASA’s space-based Earth science research through visualizations.
The app centers around features which contain high-resolution movies and images accompanied by short stories, as well as interviews with scientists. NASA Viz also has a social networking tap-to-share feature which allows content to be easily shared on Twitter and Facebook.
One of the first six features published on NASA Viz, "Marine Deserts on the Move," offers satellite observations showing where plants thrive and struggle to survive on land and sea. The story includes data visualizations, videos, and an interview with an oceanographer. Other stories include one about polar scientists in Antarctica and NASA's satellites that observe the Earth.
NASA Viz will add two new features per week, which will be published on Tuesdays and Thursdays. Though the app just focuses on Earth-based science, it could include stories about the Sun and other parts of our Solar System in the future, according to the Goddard Space Flight Center.
NASA Visualization Explorer is free and available from the App Store via iTunes here.