The folks at Cosmoquest have released a cool new citizen science app for Android! “Earth or Not Earth” allows players to test their knowledge of Earth, as well as learn more about the fascinating geology of the rocky worlds in our solar system. You can also challenge your friends on Facebook to beat your scores, thanks to the Facebook integration feature.
“Earth or Not Earth” was developed by Southern Illinois University graduate student and Cosmoquest developer Joseph Moore. Moore designed “Earth or Not Earth,” and included two additional game features: “Matching” and “Pick 2.”
The images used in “Earth or Not Earth” are public domain, and are sourced primarily from NASA planetary science missions, with more images to be added to the app in the future.
The app does cost $1.99 USD, and the Proceeds from “Earth or Not Earth” help fund the programmers at Cosmoquest, as well as citizen science programs, educational programs, and future mobile apps.
Check out my full review of “Earth or Not Earth” at Universe Today!
You may have noticed a few blips with the site over the past few days, as I’ve been migrating the site to a new hosting solution. After about a year and some change on Amazon’s AWS platform, I’ve moved this site, and a number of other sites I run in my spare time to Joyent. Usually I don’t post about IT stuff here, but thought I’d share some of my findings on ideal blogging platforms.
Keep reading if you are interested in some of my initial opinions on site hosting.
The past three years I’ve updated my blog at least weekly, however I’m going to be taking a short break for a while. Even Captain Picard takes a break every now and then. A lot of changes in store for me this fall, and I need to take a break from everything and re-group.
You can expect new posts and updates later this fall. In the meantime, remember to keep looking up!
After several years, my goal of going “back” to college has been completed. On May 10th, 2013 I graduated from ASU’s “Earth and Space Exploration” program, and will start my graduate studies in the fall.
The past three years at ASU have been an interesting learning experience, to say the least. I made a number of friendships that will be very long-lasting, and was able to pursue not one, but two publish-track research articles.
There is a part of me that will miss my time at ASU, but I am very relieved (and excited) to move onward and upward in my studies. This fall I begin my graduate studies, and will be continuing my variable star research. My goal is to keep working my way up the academic ladder, striving to do well in my coursework and continue publishing solid research.
What does the future hold for me? I honestly have no clue. What I can say is that I’m still enjoying my journey to becoming a professional astronomer.
Thank you all for reading my news blurbs, occasional rants, and cheeky shenanigans.