Windows Phone 7 App Showcase: Be A Martian

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A cool new application was featured today in the Windows Phone 7 Marketplace and it’s called “Be a Martian” from NASA. This app is pretty cool since it lets you download NASA imagery of Mars and then you can help analyze it and send the data back to NASA. You can download images from the Mars rovers: Spirit and Opportunity then “tag” the images in order to identify the sky, ground, rover’s shadow, etc. In other words, you can help identify what’s in the image. You can also download satellite imagery of Mars and tap each crater in order to help count all of the craters on Mars (and of course identify them.) Yes, it’s very mundane work, you’re not getting paid to do it, and the chances that you’ll discover extraterrestrial life this way are very slim, but if you’re bored, why not help out NASA a little!

The app also offers access to beautiful imagery, interesting videos/animations, learning resources, and forums where you can ask questions about Mars.




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Adam Z. Lein
Adam has had interests in combining technology with art since his first use of a Koala pad on an Apple computer. He currently has a day job as a graphic designer, photographer, systems administrator and web developer at a small design firm in Westchester, NY. His love of technology extends to software development companies who have often implemented his ideas for usability and feature enhancements. Mobile computing has become a necessity for Adam since his first Uniden UniPro PC100 in 1998. He has been reviewing and writing about smartphones for Pocketnow.com since they first appeared on the market in 2002.Read more about Adam Lein!