NASA has successfully launched a Shuttle STS-135 into orbit for the last time today on July 8 NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida on a mission to deliver supplies and experiments to the space station. "There is at least one first involved with space shuttle Atlantis' STS-135 mission, a flight notable for its lasts: the crew is taking the first iPhone and an Android into space to help with experiments aboard the International Space Station," reports NASA.
Per NASA post:
A Houston company called Odyssey Space Research developed an application for the Apple smartphone that is meant to help the astronauts track their scientific results and perhaps one day aid navigation. The device will be housed inside a small research platform built by NanoRacks. The platform will be placed inside the station.
The app, called SpaceLab for iOS, is even available to Earthbound smartphone users to perform the same experiments with the software simulating microgravity.
According to the company, the software was designed with the iPhone's unique attributes in mind, such as the gyro, accelerometer, cameras and chip.
"Along with the first iPhone, the crew of Atlantis is bringing along numerous items commemorating what'll be the final mission of Space Shuttle Program. For instance, a American flag from the first shuttle flight in 1981 will be carried to the station and left there until the first commercial spaceflight to the station, when NASA astronauts will retrieve it. The astronauts, Commander Chris Ferguson, Pilot Doug Hurley and Mission Specialists Sandy Magnus and Rex Walheim, have allocated a number of unique items that'll become commemoratives for numerous organizations after they return to Earth," revealed NASA blog post.
However, there's not a single refernce to Android, but according to a tweet from Robert Scoble, who attended the launch, there is indeed an Android phone on the Shuttle as well. He tweeted:
@nasatweetup teel me that the Space Shuttle also has an Android phone onbard.
Here's a shot of Space Shuttle Atlantis flying through flags:
Here's the lauch video: