If you dreamed of being a small astronaut, these apps will help you see that dream come true, at least in a photograph and in virtual reality.

The space agency, NASA has designed two apps, one for selfies and another that allows you to explore planets and cosmic locations, to celebrate the 15th anniversary of the launch of the Spitzer Space Telescope.

NASA Selfies

One of the NASA Apps allows you to place your face in a space suit and choose a background like, for example, the center of the Milky Way or the Orion Nebula. It is already available on the iOS and Android systems.

How it Works

  • After accepting the privacy policy and permissions you can proceed to take a picture
  • Ideally, it is a selfie, although you have the option of switching to the rear camera.
  • Its interface is a bit old-fashioned, like the design that was used in 2010, when you press the accept button, your face will be teleported to the space suit.
  • NASA Selfies does not remove the background or make large corrections to the face, so it is recommended that when taking the picture the background does not interfere too much.
  • When you finish adjusting the photo you only have to click on Save to save the copy of the image.
  • Selecting the Select icon opens a window where you can choose the galaxy of your choice, there are more than 30 photos taken by the Spitzer Space Telescope.
  • The photographs include a brief description that is shown when you slide your finger up, so you can learn something new about space.
  • Photos of NASA selfies can be shared on iMessage, Notes, Twitter, Facebook, WhatsApp, Telegram and other social networks directly from the mobile application.

Exoplanet Excursions

Another NASA application is ‘Exoplanet Excursions’ which uses augmented reality to have a guided tour of TRAPPIST-1, the only known exoplanet system that houses seven planets of near-Earth-size.

The users navigate around five of the seven planets, surrounded by the black background of the space, illuminated by the faint lights of distant stars. This VR application will be available for Oculus and Vive through the Spitzer mission website.

NASA also offers a 360-degree video on Spitzer’s Youtube page, so people can explore the TRAPPIST-1 system from a computer, smartphone or with a special viewer for mobile devices.

Things are moving fast with NASA as earlier the space agency launched its mission to touch the sun and their new discovery has raised the possibility of lunar settlements.