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Here’s Why 17 Million People Are Obsessed With NASA’s New App

Armchair astronauts have a powerful new tool at their disposal

Space travel is once again having a moment.


On a near daily basis Mars seems to make headlines for everything from its future colonization by humans, newly found minerals and even the odd alien sighting. Meanwhile, new exoplanets, some within habitable zones, continue to pop up every now and then.

While we’ll likely never meet any alien neighbors living on a planet next door, that doesn’t stop our innate curiosity about space exploration. Luckily for all of us, NASA is here to help.

The space agency recently announced its ridiculously popular app is now also available for streaming on the latest Apple TV device.

David Weaver, NASA’s associate administrator for communications, said in a press release, “Now, users with the latest Apple TV can explore and enjoy our remarkable images, videos, mission information, NASA Television and more on the big screen with the whole family.”

So what can every armchair astronaut now enjoy from the comfort of their couch? How about more than 15,000 images as a continuous slideshow, the ability to play on-demand NASA videos, livestream the International Space Station, track satellites, listen to Third Rock Internet Radio, and follow along with the latest NASA mission.

With all this cool space content, it’s no surprise the app has been downloaded more than 17 million times. Are you somehow still not convinced it’s worth the download? Checking out a few of the stunning images from the app might help:

Check out the ISS live stream below.

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