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8 Wonderful iPad Apps to Teach Kids about Astronomy and Outer Space

Today I am taking you into the vast and mysterious realm of the outer space to discover and learn about its wonders, of course not in spaceship! I have received a request earlier this week from a mom looking for some apps to introduce kids to astronomy and outer space. I have dome some curating and come up with the list below. I have only selected the most popular iPad apps in this category but if you think you know about other good titles to add to this list, share them with us in the comment form below.

1- NASA App


Come explore with NASA and discover the latest images, videos, mission information, news, feature stories, tweets, NASA TV and featured content with the NASA App for iOS.
2- F-Sim Space Shuttle

F-Sim Space Shuttle is a highly-realistic flight simulator for the iPad, iPhone, and iPod touch. It simulates the space shuttle’s approach and landing in unprecedented detail and accuracy. Take command of the Orbiter during the final minutes of descent, and touchdown safely at the John F. Kennedy Space Center or Edwards Air Force Base.
3- Portal to Science and Space Exploration

My iPhone App brings together a huge wealth of new, important and historical information about science and space exploration. I have gathered a network of scientists, physicists, astronomers, astronauts and many others of the world’s great minds to help me out and keep this app timely and relevant with lots of original content.
4- Spinoff

NASA Spinoff profiles the best examples of technology that have been transferred from NASA research and missions into commercial products. From life-saving satellite systems to hospital robots that care for patients and more, NASA technologies benefit society.
5- Planets

3D guide to the solar system for aspiring astronomers, this offers the following features to its users
• Sky 2D: locate planets with flat view of sky
• Sky 3D: planetarium style view of the sky
• Visibility: shows times when planets are visible
• Globe: rotating 3D globe of planets and moon
6- Mission Clock

MissionClock shows you a real-time countdown clock for upcoming missions, as well as information about missions that are currently underway. You can see major launch and ascent events as they happen, and receive alerts when mission conditions change.
7- Satellite Flybys

"Satellite Flybys" turns your iPhone or iPod Touch into an indispensable, field-tested satellite watching tool. It tells you when spacecraft are about to appear (with a countdown clock!), which direction you should face, and even turns down the screen brightness to boost night vision. It also cuts through much confusion. There are thousands of spacecraft in Earth orbit. "Satellite flybys" tells you only about the most interesting and newsworthy objects. Satellite selections are made by Dr. Tony Phillips of spaceweather.com and change when visible objects come and go in the night sky.
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