NASA has announced the launch of its new on-demand streaming service and updated app, which will offer a variety of original content and live coverage of the agency’s missions. The streaming service, called NASA+, is free, ad-free, and family-friendly, and will be available on most major platforms via the NASA App on iOS and Android devices, as well as streaming media players Roku and Apple TV. Users can also stream online at NASA+ website.
NASA+ aims to showcase the agency’s achievements and innovations in space exploration, science, and technology, as well as the benefits they bring to humanity. The streaming service will feature original video series, such as:
- A documentary series following each image from the James Webb Space Telescope, as well as a second series highlighting the world’s most powerful space telescope from lab to launch
- Animated children shows about the planets, mysteries of the universe, and intergalactic worlds
- A series telling the personal stories of Black NASA astronauts
- A series that takes viewers behind-the-scenes as a group of scientists work to return America’s first asteroid sample
- Ultra-high-definition visuals of the cosmos set to a spaced-out soundtrack
- Spanish-language content, including a series highlighting Hispanic and Latino NASA employees, climate content for kids, and more
In addition, NASA+ will also provide live coverage of the agency’s launches, landings, spacewalks, and other events, as well as the latest news and updates from NASA’s missions and centers. Users will be able to watch NASA TV channels, access NASA’s image and video library, listen to NASA podcasts, and play NASA games and interactives on the streaming service.
NASA App Gets a New Look and Functionality
Along with the launch of NASA+, the agency has also updated its app, which has been downloaded more than 60 million times since its debut in 2009. The app has a new look and functionality, making it easier for users to find and enjoy NASA’s content. The app also allows users to customize their experience by selecting their favorite topics, missions, and categories, and receive personalized notifications and recommendations.
The app also integrates with NASA’s social media platforms, such as Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, and YouTube, allowing users to interact with the agency and its followers. Users can also share NASA’s content with their friends and family via email, text, or other apps.
The app also supports augmented reality (AR) and virtual reality (VR) features, such as viewing 3D models of NASA spacecraft, exploring the surface of Mars, and experiencing the International Space Station in 360 degrees.
NASA’s New Digital Presence for the Benefit of All
NASA’s new streaming service and app are part of the agency’s effort to ensure its content is more accessible, discoverable, and secure for the public. Earlier this year, NASA launched its revamped nasa.gov and science.nasa.gov websites, creating a new homebase for research, climate data, Artemis information, and more.
“NASA is a leader in the federal government for creating inspirational content that meets people where they are,” said NASA Deputy Administrator Pam Melroy. “I am excited we have created a powerful trifecta with the recently revamped NASA website, the launch of NASA+, and the updated NASA App that showcases the many benefits our data can have for all humanity.”
“NASA’s new streaming platform and app are where the world can join us as we explore the unknown,” said Marc Etkind, associate administrator, Office of Communications, NASA Headquarters. “NASA is the catalyst behind some of humanity’s greatest stories; and now, with our new digital presence, everyone will have access to these stories 24/7.”