NASA is kind of awesome. In case you live under some red rocks, the organization sent this crazy robot to Mars that sends us back high-resolution photos. The future is amazing. Of course, there's nothing the space administration loves more than curiosity (which is why they named the Mars rover after it), and it's aiming to fuel yours with this 3D model explorer.

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In a somewhat odd move, instead of simply providing the 3D models themselves, the app requires you to print out some markers. Then, as you've seen in other AR apps, you point your camera at the page and the model appears. You can move your handset around it, move in and out, and explore every part of the virtual object.

The app is free and more models will be added over time. If you want to explore the things that are exploring space, grab it from the widget below.

Eric Ravenscraft
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  • MeCampbell30

    Why does NASA hate the enviornment?

    • Fifth313ment

      Nice... LOL!

  • http://profiles.google.com/martin.cohen Martin Cohen

    OK for my Droid 2 (Verizon) but not Nexus 7.

  • Chris Caldwell

    "In a somewhat odd move..." Occur to anyone that this kinda think is in prep to be one of the first awesome glass apps? Makes much more sense from that perspective.

  • andy_o

    Don't even have a working printer, but works fine with the pdf displayed on the Nexus 7.