Interactive Tweet Map
Connect with The International Space Station and People From all Around The World!
[Originally published Jun 10, 2014]
Last year Dave MacLean (@DaveAtCOGS), a GIS instructor from the Centre of Geographic Sciences (COGS) in Nova Scotia combined Chris Hadfield’s (@Cmdr_Hadfield) amazing collection of aerial photos that he captured while commanding the International Space Station into an interactive online map. The Interactive Tweet Map quickly grew traction and popularity all over the world and allows users the ability to locate the places in each photo while interacting with Hadfield and the other astronauts as they rotated the earth around 18 times a day.
Now a new joint project between NASA, COGS, and Esri was recently kicked off by Reid Wiseman (@Astro_Reid), one of the astronauts currently living on the space station by tweeting from the Space Station. The new map (http://bit.ly/SpotTheStation2) is sort of an inverse idea to the original one, as this one is maps the many locations around the world where people have spotted the International Space Station. The community driven project is open to all and anyone can contribute.
How can you contribute?
- First spot the Space Station in the sky as it flies over your location (easiest to locate just after dusk or near dawn – Space Station schedulehttp://www.isstracker.com)
- Then tell the world about it by … tweeting your location (town, country-or-prov-or-state) andinclude the hashtag #SpotTheStation (include a picture, if you’d like)
- e.g. “ISS just flew over head here in Merigomish, Nova Scotia #SpotTheStation”