SpaceRocks! A Mobile App to Access the STScI Archive

Rogers, Anthony

SpaceRocks! is a mobile applications built for iOS, which allows users to access the data holdings of the Multimission Archive at Space Telescope (MAST). Our first release focuses on 4 active MAST missions: Hubble, Kepler, GALEX and the forthcoming JWST mission.

SpaceRocks! aims to provide instant mobile access to astronomy content during Science Coffee discussions. SpaceRocks! is built on the concept of album browsing of multimedia content, housed on MAST or remote mission servers. It consolidates public outreach content for each mission, while at the same time integrating publicly available content such as the astronomy picture of the day, and a custom built google search engine. Mission level status is also available.

SpaceRocks! is built on dynamic web-services which provide the backbone for the mobile application. Currently the application has been deployed for iOS, but we have also a working prototype on Android.

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