• Hashtag= #spotthestation


    NASA launched the Spot the Station website (http://spotthestation.nasa.gov) on November 2 and was immediately a hit with 100,000 viewing the site in just five days and 250,000 in a few weeks. The site allows you to spot the space station and sign up for alerts when it flies overhead.

    Challenge Description

    • Extend the functionality of the Spot the Station site by building an app that allows you to share your sightings with others.
    • Create a visualization with Spot the Station data.

    Functional Specifications

    Spot the Station App

    • The app should extend the functionality of the site and allow for the aggregation the sightings of others from around the world on a map.
    • Push notification when the space station is nearby.
    • Did you see it? Yes or No. If No, why?
    • Integration with weather service data
    • Integrate with social media to let your friends know you saw it as well.


    • Create a mashup or app that visualizes the data from the Spot the Station app.
    • Integrate with social media updates from crew in space station, such as twitter updates.

    Other ideas for functionality

    • What experiments are being performed on the ISS today?
    • Social media updates from the crew in space.
    • Integrate ISS tracking into tracking of other things, like space junk and other satellites.
    • The ISS often changes course because something else is happening, it has to navigate around space junk, etc.


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  • The following projects are solving this challenge:

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    • A beam of hope : Satellite Reflector

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    • Next Sight

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    • WhereISS

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    • ISSWave

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    • Waystation

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    • ISS Base Station

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    • T-10

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    • StationSpotter

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    • Augmented Reality International Space Station - ARISS

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