App of the Week: ‘Mars Images’ is a direct link to Curiosity
This week’s GeekWire App of the Week is “Mars Images.” It’s not a particularly sophisticated app, or a new one, but I’ve become a regular user recently because it provides a quick and easy way to see NASA’s very latest images from Mars.
Developed by Mark Powell of NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory, the app previously provided images just from the Mars Rover Opportunity. But a recent update to the app added images from the recently landed Curiosity rover, with the ability to toggle back and forth between the two rovers.
Yes, you can get the same images by poking around on the NASA site, but there’s something to be said for checking in with Curiosity every day on your phone or tablet, right after going through your email and social networking feeds, to see what the rover is seeing.
For example, earlier this week, before I heard that NASA had started to test drive the vehicle, I noticed that Curiosity was capturing images of its own tire tracks. It was a neat way to discover the news, and the experience promises to only get cooler in the coming weeks.
App of the Week is a regular feature of the GeekWire radio show and podcast, airing at 7 a.m. every Saturday and 8 a.m. and 2 p.m. every Sunday on 97.3 KIRO-FM in Seattle, and running weekends on GeekWire.com. Here’s the audio of this week’s segment.