You Can Now Pretend to Be an Astronaut with NASA’s New Selfie App


To mark the 15th anniversary of the launch of the Spitzer Space Telescope, NASA has released a fun new NASA Selfies app for iOS and Android smartphones that lets you selfie your way into some of the most spectacular scenery in the Milky Way, pretending to be an astronaut (via Science Alert).

The app is very simple to use. All you need to do is take a picture of your face or someone else’s face centered in the frame using the front or rear camera. Once done, the app inserts it into the helmet of an astronaut suit. You can then choose a background of some of the many space wonders imaged by Spitzer over the last 15 years.

“You can’t upload previous photos from your photo gallery, and there’s no share button, so you’ll have to share your photos to the #NASASelfie hashtag the good old-fashioned way – by going to your camera roll and sharing from there.

Also, just a heads up, it only orients correctly in the landscape, so if you take a photo holding your phone in portrait orientation, you’re going to end up looking like a severed head floating in a spacesuit.”

Meanwhile, NASA also released a VR experience that takes you on a guided tour of the exoplanets of the TRAPPIST-1 system, available for Oculus, Vive and smartphone VR via YouTube 360.

You can grab the free NASA selfie app using the following App Store link.

Download NASA Selfies for iPhone, iPod touch and iPad [Direct Link]