NASA's Space Shuttle Atlantis might have launched itself into space for the last time last Friday, but did you know that onboard were a few gadget firsts? Yep, a Google Nexus S smartphone and a Panasonic 3D video cam snuck on for a free trip to the ISS.
The Panasonic AG-3DA1 3D video camera will be used to "document several experiments" on the ISS. Either that, or the astronauts on the ISS can finally reenact their own version of Avatar and catch it all in 3D, James Cameron style.
Meanwhile, the Google Nexus S smartphone will be hard at work with research on SPHERES (Synchronized Position Hold, Engage, Reorient, Experimental Satellites). By using the powerful Nexus S, boring tasks such as checking inventory, capturing multimedia and conducting surveys can be handed over to the SPHERES robots, allowing more free-time for astronauts on the ISS, like space surfing through the station's modular rooms.
Both gadgets join the iPhone 4, that was also packed onboard the Atlantis. Forget the electronics race on Earth, the battle for electronic supremacy is getting all heated up in space.