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Kodachroming Maps with Twitter and the ISS

David MacLean demonstrates the digital map that charts astronaut Chris Hadfield’s tweets from space. (Herald Photo)

David MacLean demonstrates the digital map that charts astronaut Chris Hadfield’s tweets from space. (Herald Photo)

As a Canadian Astronaut and current Commander of the International Space Station, Chris Hadfield has taken hundreds of images from space and tweeted them. To Dave MacLean of the Nova Scotia Community College in Lawrencetown, N.S., the images were more than just a cool perspective from the International Space Station.

Cmdr_HadfieldMacLean teaches a class on advanced geographic sciences (geographic information systems, or computer mapping). This course uses mapping software (Esri and Google Drive) which was utilized to create a catalouge of where the photos reside on Earth.  It was a way to show how the course materials could be used.

“When I started to see those tweets, I wanted to take the immediacy of Twitter and store the information so people can go back and look at a place, as it is photographed two or three times throughout the mission.” – Dave MacLean

The result is a classroom teacher’s dream. A world map is covered with little International Space Station icons. By clicking on any one of them, the viewer sees a photo of that spot shot by Hadfield or fellow astronaut Tom Marshburn. Hadfield’s comments on each photo are included.

The website is drawing over 40,000 visits since Hadfield tweeted about it last Monday and is located here. With coverage even in the Huffington Post, MacLean can expect more traffic.

Having grown up right next door to Dave, he is not only handy with geomatics software but is a pretty good guitarist from what I remember. Perhaps there is something to that whole music-math connection. Like Hatfield’s songs from space.

 

One Response to “Kodachroming Maps with Twitter and the ISS”

  1. Dave at COGS says:

    Hi Todd … thanks for this.

    Feel free to strike-out the 40 000 and insert 56 000!

    For anyone who wants to memorise a shirt link the map, say “bit dot ly slash ISS Images Mapped” then type bit.ly/ISSImagesMapped

    Voila!

    Cheers, @DaveAtCOGS