Distant Suns App Creator To Live Tweet Historic Dragon/SpaceX Launch

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[prMac.com] San Jose, California - First Light Design's (Distant Suns), Founder and President, Mike Smithwick, will be live tweeting and blogging about his experiences at the upcoming launch of the unmanned Dragon spacecraft from SpaceX, marking the first time in history that a commercial company will attempt to send a spacecraft to the International Space Station. Launch is scheduled for Saturday, May 19 at 4:55 am Eastern Time. Mike will be tweeting (@distantsuns), posting to Facebook and blogging in the day prior to the launch and then in real time as it happens.

"I have had the good fortune of being invited to witness the launch of the Falcon 9/Dragon mission at Cape Canaveral," said Mike. "This will be my seventh launch, having seen Apollo 11, 15, and 17 take off, two shuttle missions and the Cosmic Background Explorer. Few things are more spectacular than an Apollo-Saturn V (at night no less), but any orbital launch is exciting nonetheless. This one will have an excitement all it's own - a commercial vehicle delivering a cargo to the International Space Station, something only a few governments have ever accomplished."

After the launch, Mike will head back to California to live tweet the solar eclipse on Sunday, May 20.

About Distant Suns Astronomy App
Distant Suns has been bringing the cosmos to stargazers for almost 30 years.

Features include:
* View the stars from the Earth or out in the solar system
* Augmented Reality Viewing overlays the sky with the local landscape
* What's Up? Offers an overview of the evening's sky
* GPS and Compass aware
* NASA's Night Sky Network of local astronomical events (US only)
* Red Night Vision
* Stories behind each constellation
* Ability to touch the sky and reveal data for each object, including every planet
* Over 300,000 planets, stars, galaxies, nebula and star clusters
* Viewpoint Lock keeps any planet centered
* Current Weather patterns on the earth, updated daily
* Change the look of the stars
* Hubble Space Telescope images
* Interactive tour of the solar system
* And much more...
Lean more in the App Store.

About SpaceX:
The company was founded in 2002 by Elon Musk to revolutionize space transportation in order to eventually make it possible for people to live on other planets. Today, SpaceX is advancing the boundaries of space technology through its Falcon launch vehicles and Dragon spacecraft. Learn more at SpaceX.com.

Device Requirements:
* iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad
* Requires iOS 4.0 or later
* 51.3 MB

Pricing and Availability:
Distant Suns 3: Unleash Your Inner Astronaut 3.3.2 is $9.99 USD (or equivalent amount in other currencies) and available worldwide exclusively through the App Store in the Education category.

First Light Design, LLC, is a privately owned company. It first released Distant Suns for the Commodore Amiga in 1987, followed by versions for Macintosh and Windows. Recently, Distant Suns has partnered with NASA's Night Sky Network and the Astronomical Society of the Pacific to include local, United States listings of astronomical events and activities in the App. First Light Design is a proud member of Moms With Apps, a collaborative group of family-friendly developers with family-friendly apps. Details about the company and its products can be found at Distant Suns website. Distant Suns is a trademark of First Light Design, Inc. Other trademarks are the property of their respective owners. Copyright (C) 2012 Light Design, LLC. All Rights Reserved. Apple, the Apple logo, iPhone, iPod and iPad are registered trademarks of Apple Inc. in the U.S. and/or other countries.


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