If you’re anything like me and you love studying our skies, you may want to check out Solar Walk‘s latest update. Citing that if you have a pair of 3D glasses: “you are in for a treat,” Vito Technology has today announced a major new update to their award-winning Solar System model for iPhone and iPad.
Highly praised by parents and teachers all over the world, and featured in Apple’s ‘App Store Best of 2012’ selection, Solar Walk now comes with high-resolution surface textures of our Earth. Mars, Venus, and the Moon have also been updated with super high-resolution textures.
But the real news here is Solar Walk‘s 3D models of human spaceflight missions. The company says that you’ll now be able to experience each mission in “unprecedented detail,” and you can even visit (in person) the sight of the Apollo 17 landing, witness Lunar rover in action, and spectate the launch of the original Hubble Space Telescope, (and it’s eventual ‘repair.’)
Users looking to take advantage of these new high-resolution textures and 3D models should note that models for Appollo 17 with Lunar Rover Vehicle, the Launch of Hubble Telescope, and the Repair of the Hubble Space Telescope first require an in-app purchase. Unlocking each of these models will set you back $0.99.
On top of this, the new update also includes a 3D model of our Milky Way Galaxy, allowing you to zoom out and find out exactly how it looks from a distance, (and where we are in it). Solar Walk‘s new, super high-resolution planets can now be both zoomed and rotated to see “every crater” on the Moon or clouds on Venus — and tapping the ‘(i)’ icon anywhere in the app will allow you to read more information about any object you may be interested in.
In addition, you can now see ‘Satellites’ in a full and detailed 3D model, with the app showing the most interesting man-made satellites, complete with the latest information, history, and accompanying photos.
Solar Walk‘s new “Time Machine” feature will “show the laws of nature in motion,” while those in education can take advantage of the app’s many ‘Educational Movies’ – which aim to show the most fascinating natural phenomenas to occur above our Earth’s atmosphere, such as: Solar eclipse, tides, Moon phases, season change, zodiac cycle (and more), with multilingual subtitles and voice-over in English also available.
Solar Walk‘s “Search” engine will now show you points of interests of the Earth, the Moon, Mars, and Venus, and the app’s new support for the “Big Screen” will see you able to connect a second display to view our skies as they were meant to be viewed; on your television.
Best of all? – All of the above requires no connection to the internet. It’s all built right into Solar Walk, ready and waiting to be explored by you.
If you’re interested in the cosmos and the secrets it holds, Solar Walk is currently down from its usual price of $4.99, and is now available for just $2.99. So, whip out those 3D glasses gathering dust in that top drawer and enjoy as Solar Walk takes you on a journey of our skies (and beyond!) ..,.