Track the space station: 'ISS-Above' device causes crowdfunding boom
Many do not realize that the ISS--a 420-ton international space lab--may be flying right above our heads every once in a while 400 kilometers above the Earth, says American astronomy enthusiast and coder Liam Kennedy.
Kennedy also supplied it with a built-in web server that provides one with details on current and future passes of the ISS via a small LCD screen.
After installing about 20 such devices at different locations across the globe, Kennedy decided to launch a campaign on crowdfunding platform Kickstarter to raise a sum of US$5,000 for limited production of the tool, which he named simply “ISS-Above.”
Since the first manned mission arrived to the ISS in November 2000, the station has made more than 86,000 spins around the Earth, completing about 15 orbits per day. The joint project by Russia’s Roskosmos, America’s NASA, Japan’s JAXA, Europe’s ESA and Canada’s CSA agencies has sparked interest in space exploration in many of the world’s nations.
Videos filmed on board the ISS, stunning views from its Cupola observation module, as well as numerous spacewalks and spaceship dockings are frequently posted on YouTube, and many astronauts have also been sharing their space experience on Twitter or Instagram.
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