Gaia Mission App

Introduction

 

Delivering interesting and scientifically accurate information to the general public is a challenge. The Gaia Mission app is an interactive application for mobile devices designed to discover the details of the Gaia mission. All aspects of the mission are covered, from technical issues to the science behind it. The application is designed to keep users engaged during the whole mission and build interest on the mission achievements while stimulating enthusiasm for astronomy.

 

Materials and methods

1. iOS and Android support for both phones and tablets

 

Combined, the two platforms capture 96% global market share. The application is
currently available in English, Spanish and Catalan with more languages to be
included soon.
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2. Interactive and multimedia contents

 

The app features an interactive 3D model of the satellite, multimedia content and
interactive elements designed to explain complex concepts. Topics cover all
aspects of the mission, from stellar parallax or exoplanets detection to focal plane
operations and launch vehicle stages.
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3. Information structured in two levels

 

Vertical swipes change screens that describe concepts in a simple
straightforward language. Additional in-depth information can be accessed
swiping horizontally.
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4. Updates on mission operations in real time

 

Live information about the mission progress and access to the latest Gaia related
news are available on the mission section. This includes the satellite status,
current distance from Earth, transits observed and processed among others.
More live contents will become available in the future.
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Download it from iTunes, at https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/gaia-mission/id735128015 or Google Play Store, at https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=edu.ub.gaia

 

QR code for Android app

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QR code for iOS app

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