Spacecraft 3D and AR

three women virtually hold Explorer 1 overhead

Last updated 2/4/2020 - Added Spacecraft AR iOS

Spacecraft 3D is an augmented reality (AR) application that lets you learn about and interact with a variety of spacecraft that explore our solar system, study Earth and observe the universe. Using a printed AR target and the camera on your mobile device, you can get up close to these robotic explorers, see how they move and learn about the engineering feats used to expand our knowledge and understanding of space. "Manual" mode will allow you freely manipulate the models and even animate select models to take fun pictures with your favorite spacecraft in your favorite locations, like the above recreating the historic JPL picture.  Spacecraft 3D and Spacecraft AR will be continually updated to include more of the amazing spacecraft that act as our robotic eyes on the Earth, the solar system and beyond!

Get the App

Spacecraft Selfie How-to (after installing the app and selecting your spacecraft)

  • Click the hand icon (bottom right corner) to enter manual mode
  • Position the spacecraft and snap your photo (you can pinch to zoom, drag to rotate, two finger drag to reorient)

If You Have the Downloadable Marker

  • Place the target card where you want the spacecraft to appear (shoulders work well)
  • Snap your photo
  • Tip: The bigger you print out the marker, the bigger the spacecraft will appear.

Spacecraft AR App -  Like with Spacecraft 3D, you can attach the spacecraft to a surface, but this time you do not need the marker.  You can still pinch to zoom, and drag to reposition, and rotate with two fingers to reorient (somewhat).  

Spacecraft AR
For Android
For iOS

You may also like the Space Telescope Augmented Reality App:

Download the 3D cube target (for best results, use stiff paper, or glue the patterns to a solid cube).


Download the NASA 3DV app from iTunes here. 
Download the NASA 3DV app from Google Play for Android

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Multimedia: Images
Multimedia: Interactives
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