Frequent visitors to the NASA Live ISS Telemetry website ( http://spacestationlive.nasa.gov/ ) have spotted an official notice stating the site will be shutting down in two weeks.
I can’t stress how incredibly awesome the ISS live site is. With a few clicks of a mouse, visitors can get real-time telemetry from the solar arrays, communications systems, propulsion, and other systems. It’s kind of like looking at the bridge displays on Star Trek!
The notice suggests that people concerned about the site deactivation contact Jennifer B. Price at firstname.lastname@example.org with “ISS Live Web Site” in the Subject. If you value this incredibly unique (and educational) website, I suggest you drop an email to Jennifer, and express your support in a courteous, professional manner. You can also contact your congressperson, as congress is responsible for NASA’s budget.
If you decide to contact your congressperson, keep in mind that e-mails are usually the lowest priority. If you can, call or fax their office. Failing that, type up a letter and mail it to their office.
Human space exploration has been an incredible source of inspiration for my scientific career, and I’m sure there are countless others who draw inspiration from all of NASA’s educational efforts, including the ISSLive! site. Let’s work together and try to save this incredible resource!.
UPDATE – 03/27/2014 : Due to the incredible show of support, the ISS Live! site will be continuing to operate for the time being. Be sure to drop by the site and share your suggestions on how project managers can improve the site.
Here is a rover’s eye view of driving, scooping and drilling during Curiosity’s first year on Mars, August 2012 through July 2013. Courtesy of NASA/JPL
As part of my senior “capstone” course at ASU, we had to design and build a small-scale tele-operated rover. Our design was selected to compete in the 2013 RASC-AL “Robo-Ops” competition at NASA’s Johnson Space Center in Houston TX.
You can view ASU’s competition run at the video link shown above. To learn more about the RASC-AL competition, visit: http://www.nianet.org/RoboOps-2013/index.aspx