On the occasion of the 15th anniversary of the Spitzer telescope, NASA launches the “Exoplanet Excursions” and “NASA Selfies” applications on iOS and Android. Free, these fun tools allow you to visit the space in augmented reality and to make selfies.

Considered serious since the dawn of time, NASA launches this time not a rocket … but two applications to travel in space, and even to make selfies. The American government space agency offers mobile users the chance to imagine themselves for a moment in the shoes of a real astronaut: from dream to image.

NASA unveils two apps, to travel and make selfies in space

These applications, which are “Exoplanet Excursions” and ” NASA Selfies “, are completely free and can already move through space via an augmented reality system, to make some haste in a starry frame and nebulous and immortalize these magical moments.

The list is long, including many famous sites such as the Orion Nebula. The release of these two applications is announced by NASA as an operation in honor of the launch of the Spitzer infrared telescope, which is celebrating the fifteenth anniversary. One way to share with the public the work and the many illustrations obtained via this device.

Virtual reality at the service of selfies in space

To reach a wide audience, these applications have been specially developed with the contribution of NASA researchers, to give them a character both fun and educational. Many information and comments have been integrated to understand the evolution of the universe, in the TRAPPIST-1 system located 39 light years from our blue planet.

The “Exoplanet Excursions” app requires an Oculus VR headset or HTC Vive. Otherwise, a 360 ° video of this exploration is available on the YouTube page of the official Spitzer website .

The “NASA Selfies” application allows you to perform space selfies anywhere in the TRAPPIST-1 system, and is available for all smartphones running iOS or Android.