Space: The Final Frontier. These are the voyages of the 4th-generation Apple TV, its mission of unknown length, to explore strange new channels; to seek out new shows and new movies; to boldly go where no set-top box has gone before...
OK, so that was a little over the top, even for this blog. But I was pretty excited about the news that a NASA app has come to the latest Apple TV - so much so that I'm probably going to finally pull the plug on my "old" device and get the new box.
What do you get to watch? Live streaming NASA TV of launches, a real-time view of the Earth from the International Space Station, and on-demand access to over 10,000 NASA videos. There's even more -- you can look at a library of over 15,000 photos individually or as a slideshow.
Even more fun: track satellites on 2D or 3D maps, and find out when the ISS or other satellites are going to be passing overhead. If you need an update on the Juno mission (arriving at Jupiter on July 4, 2016) or any other NASA mission, you can get details from the app. Want to visit a NASA site? Details of visitor centers, hours, and locations are included as well.
The app can be loaded onto your Apple TV from the App Store. The iPhone and iPad app can also be downloaded from the iTunes App Store.