Application/Software Development

Update to NASA’S Apps Page

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Going through some of the pages and links, I try to keep up with changes NASA makes. And they have made several.

One is the page on all Apps developed by NASA to manage projects, get information on departments, and a large list of cosmology and astronomy information.

I also want to let you know that the link in the page has changed as well. It is now a MEGA Social Media page of everything NASA. From current projects to missions planned to even following individual astronauts. There may be other individuals as well.

We are also going to bring a future page as NASA has introduced E-Books to its offerings.

To visit the new Apps page, go to the menu and select the page, or click on this link for NASA’s App Downloads.

To visit the page for E-Books, click on the link for NASA E-Books.


*** Downloaded graphic used here and on the page and including the Apps page were designed by NASA and is from their website ***

New Pages Available: NASA Apps for the Public and News Feed Links, Fact Sheets

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I have created a number of pages available that will provide you with additional information, links to news feeds, and iPad and Android Apps by NASA for a variety of missions and news.

The new pages (all pages are available when you click the three bars on the upper right hand side of the page) that have been added are:

• Mobile Apps – Connect and Collaborate With NASA Projects

A comprehensive list of both NASA’s main or featured Apps available for mobile users. Along with the featured apps, NASA also has numerous apps for everything from other facilities to current space exploration projects, live views of the Sun, ISS and Mars rover.

NASA RSS Feeds (Links)

Here this page provides the news feed (RSS) links to many of NASA’s missions, centers, science and technology, general and topical feeds. You will need to copy the links into your News or an RSS App or computer programs (Microsoft Exchange suppports RSS feeds within the mail program, for example).

NASA  Fact Sheets – NASA Centers

Each NASA center creates and updates Fact Sheets covering its mission, facilities and projects. Click on a center’s name to go its Fact Sheet index. Click on the links to veiw any fact sheet you wish to know about.

• News Feeds/Links to Other Cosmology News Sources

This page is the main page for all the RSS and XML feeds that other websites provide, such as As we find more sites providing news stories related to Cosmology and Space Exploration, I will add it here.

As I gather more links together, I will update this message (which will stick to the top for at least seven days every time it changes) with the new links. For example, I am working on a Fact Sheet page that will provide links to every mission NASA has performed. It will at least have current missions, however, I am also going to add all missions going back to the beginning of the US space program.


NASA Takes Space Apps 2015 Challenge to New York for Main Event

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(Written by George McGinn & NASA Press Releases) – NASA is gearing up for its fourth annual International Space Apps Challenge, April 10-12. The event unfolds at more than 135 locations worldwide, including this year’s Global Mainstage event in New York featuring NASA astronaut Cady Coleman, agency Chief Scientist Ellen Stofan, and Deborah Diaz, NASA’s chief technology officer for IT. 

Media are invited to attend the Space Apps 2015 Mainstage three-day event in New York, which will include a Women in Data Bootcamp on April 10 and a 48-hour codeathon on April 11 and 12. Media who wish to attend the New York event can contact Eldora Valentine no later than 9 a.m. Wednesday, April 8 at or 202-358-3968.

More than 200 data sets, services and tools will be available for the Space Apps challenge. This event brings together tech-savvy citizens, scientists, entrepreneurs, educators, and students to help solve problems and questions relevant to space exploration and broader subjects that impact life on Earth.

This year, 35 challenges represent NASA mission priorities in four areas: Earth studies, space exploration, human health research and robotics.

Space Apps 2015 will be streamed online for virtual participants. Throughout the event, questions will be taken on Twitter using the hashtag #spaceapps. 

Space Apps 2015: NASA Astronaut Cady Coleman from Open Innovation Program at NASA on Vimeo.

Space Apps 2015: NASA Chief Scientist Ellen Stofan from Open Innovation Program at NASA on Vimeo.

Last year’s Apps Challenge attracted 8,205 participants in 97 locations, and 671 projects were worked on. Click on 2014 Space Apps Challenge Winners & Finalists page.

About the Space Apps Challenge

The International Space Apps Challenge is an international mass collaboration focused on space exploration that takes place over 48-hours in cities around the world. The event embraces collaborative problem solving with a goal of producing relevant open-source solutions to address global needs applicable to both life on Earth and life in space. This year we have over 25 challenges in four areas: Earth, Outer Space, Humans and Robotics. NASA is leading this global collaboration along with a number of government collaborators and over 100 local organizing teams across the globe.


The exploration of space is, by necessity, a unified international effort – and diversity of experience and perspective inevitably produces a better product. We are very intentional to make the Space Apps Challenge valuable to and accessible to the international community, and the experience continues to teach us numerous lessons about how to make it more truly international.


The Challenge exemplifies the principles of transparency, participation and collaboration by utilizing openly available data, supplied through NASA missions and technology, and the talent and skill of passionate volunteers from around the planet to advance space exploration and improve the quality of life on Earth.


The idea of a Challenge is so compelling because it acknowledges the fact that the world is facing serious challenges – and that we all have to work together to approach them. While there local hosts may offer prizes and the global award includes an opportunity to attend a NASA launch, the main challenge we focus on is enabling 48 hours of highly engaged collaboration- and discovering what we can create when that happens.

For more information about the event visit:


Karen Northon
Headquarters, Washington