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Help Save NASA’s ISSLive! Website!

Live Telemetry screen from the International Space Station. Image Credit: NASA

Live Telemetry screen from the International Space Station. Image Credit: NASA

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 [email protected] 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.

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A while back I was approached by a media company asking if I would share an infographic they produced about the Moon.

Generally speaking, I’ve never been keen on passing around infographics, as they are usually full of inaccuracies.

However, I took some time to email the producers and express my concerns over a few inaccuracies that I noticed at a quick glance.

To my surprise, I received a reply to my email, and the producers were receptive to the suggestions I made.

Even more surprising, the company made a donation to my friends at Cosmoquest for my time.

Follow the “Continue Reading” link below to see the full infographic in its corrected, and mostly accurate glory!

   

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Google's Street View tour of a North Carolina data center includes this humorous view of a stormtrooper and R2-D2 droid from Star Wars. (Credit: Screenshot by CNET)

Google’s Street View tour of a North Carolina data center includes this humorous view of a stormtrooper and R2-D2 droid from Star Wars.
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You may have noticed a few blips with the site over the past few days, as I’ve been migrating the site to a new hosting solution. After about a year and some change on Amazon’s AWS platform, I’ve moved this site, and a number of other sites I run in my spare time to Joyent. Usually I don’t post about IT stuff here, but thought I’d share some of my findings on ideal blogging platforms.

Keep reading if you are interested in some of my initial opinions on site hosting.

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