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NASA launches app on Apple TV

22 Jun 2016 | Rasmus Larsen |

NASA is giving everyone with an Apple TV 4 the opportunity to live stream rocket launches and enjoy the views from the International Space Station. There is also a back catalog of documentaries and reports on space.

Experience space from the living room

With the app for Apple TV you can watch a live stream from the ISS and documentaries about historical and recent events in the history of space exploration. There is also a huge catalog of more than 15,000 photos from space (taken by NASA) that you can watch as a slideshow as well as a radio station.

NASA on Apple TV


The app is a goldmine of information if you are interesting in space. You can even live-stream upcoming rocket launches, including those that NASA and SpaceX launch in collaboration. The videos are broadcast in HD quality but some parts of the back catalog are obviously only available in lower quality.

- “The NASA app has been a fantastic way for the public to experience the excitement of space exploration from their mobile devices,” said David Weaver, NASA associate administrator for Communications. “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.”

NASA recently launched a 4K channel that you can receive via streaming and satellite TV. The channel is not available in the app for Apple TV because the box does not yet support 4K.

NASA on Apple TV


The new app from NASA is free and is available from the tvOS App Store. The app was already available for iPhone/iPad, Android, Chromecast and Fire TV where is has been downloaded more than 17 million times across all platforms.

Featured in the app:

Watch live streaming NASA TV, and get a real-time view of the Earth from the International Space Station
View more than 15,000 images individually or as a continuous slideshow
Play on demand NASA videos
Find the next opportunity to view the International Space Station and other NASA satellites pass overhead, based on your location
Display 2-D and 3-D satellite tracking maps
Discover the latest NASA mission information
Listen to Third Rock internet streaming radio
View the Earth as Art image gallery
- Source: NASA



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