Journey to the Exoplanets

Screenshots from Journey to the Exoplanets. Credit: Scientific American / Farrar, Straus and Giroux exclusive for the iPad

A new iPad app produced by Scientific American and publishing company Farrar, Straus and Giroux is providing users with the chance to explore mysterious planets outside of the Solar System. A Journey to the Exoplanets was authored by Edward Bell, Contributing Art Director at Scientific American. The app also features original artwork by Hugo Award-winning illustrator Ron Miller and contributions from Scientific American staff and space science experts.

NASA was not directly involved in the app, but contributors to the project included Jim Kasting, Nancy Kiang and Antigona Segura from the Virtual Planetary Laboratory team with the NASA Astrobiology Institute.

Journey to the Exoplanets has many features to captivate audiences of all ages and skill levels. Users can create their own virtual exoplanets, view 3D diagrams of the twenty stars nearest to our solar system, study the timelines and charts of exoplanet discoveries, perform virtual experiments and much more.

Following its release on September 14, 2011, Journey to the Exoplanets has been selected as the iPad app of the week on iTunes, hit #1 on the International iPad Book App list, and was selected as one of the "10 Coolest Book Apps for Fall" by USA Today.

The iPad app is meant to provide everyone from backyard astronomers to science buffs with a "hands-on experience" of exoplanet exploration, according to Scientific American magazine.