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PhoneSat 1.0 during high-altitude balloon test. Photo courtesy of NASA Ames Research Center, 2011

Here’s what we know about PhoneSat, NASA’s coolest technological venture into space: it’s low-cost and it’s sporting none other than the ‘droid. It’s actually part of the CubeSat Launch Initiative that ties in small consumer electronics with working nanosatellites.

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Android is going to space. Smartphones have previously been part of NASA shuttle missions as productivity tools and for experimentation. This time, however, an Android smartphone will, itself, be the core of the satellite. With the STRaND-1 project, British company Surrey Satellite Technology Ltd. hopes to launch a smartphone satellite into orbit. Given smartphones’ computing and data capabilities, engineers say they can easily be turned into space-bound data-gathering tools. “Apart from solar panels, this thing pretty much is a satellite,” says engineer Chris Bridges, who says smartphones have almost everything needed, including cameras,  magnetometers and communications equipment. It helps that…

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Our ancestors viewed the starry sky every night. In their minds and imaginations, they formed stars into unique objects that we now call constellations. They also told stories of how these constellations came to be. Thanks to today’s technology, we are able to see the real images of stars, planets, and other celestial objects in space. We have even sent space missions to discover the mysteries of outer space. With the rapid improvement of Android smartphones, you can also discover the stars and planets right on your Android device. In today’s app list, we will be tackling of some of…