Katherine K. Martin
Media Relations Office

December 12, 2011
RELEASE : 11-078
Newest NASA App: Space Shuttle Launches up Close for World to See
CLEVELAND -- A compilation of film and video presenting the best of ground-based shuttle launch imagery is now available as an app for the iPad.

The NASA app, "Ascent: Commemorating Shuttle" is now available through the iTunes App Store in the Education category. Based on a DVD that was released in September, 2010, the video is distinguished as an official selection of the Cincinnati International Film Festival.

The app was produced at NASA's Glenn Research Center.

Designed for the iPad, the app includes the entire original DVD production with commentary, numerous additional scenes, selected images, production notes and an unreleased trailer. Nearly an hour of high definition launch footage and interactive features allows viewing in an offline environment.

"It is exciting to be able to experience a space shuttle launch up close and personal, especially now that the shuttle program has ended" said Matt Melis, an aerospace engineer at Glenn who helped spearhead the original DVD.

Photographic documentation of space shuttle launches played a critical role in the engineering analysis and evaluation process for each and every mission. Motion and still imagery enabled shuttle engineers to visually identify off-nominal events and conditions requiring corrective action to ensure mission safety and success.

Shuttle imagery from the STS-114, STS-117 and STS-124 missions is included in the app. Rendered in the highest definition possible, the production is a tribute to the dozens of men and women of the shuttle imaging team and thirty years of achievement in the Space Shuttle Program.

The direct link provided by Apple to the free download of the app is at:

A print quality image of the cover of the Ascent app is available at:

For more information about NASA's Glenn Research Center, visit:


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