Sunday, March 19, 2006

International Space Station Programming Improvements

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International Space Station Programming Improvements

I love watching the NASA channel, but I think I see room for an upgrade. The station goes around and around, and there is an on board camera which can be controlled from the ground. The person doing the announcing might as well be DeadPanAnn. She announces where the camera is, on the station, and then announces where the station is, and then gives a very brief commentary about the picture.

It seems to me that there would be a ton of volunteers who would love to do the commentaries, and control the camera. If you were to make up teams of say three people who would know in advance what areas of the earth they would fly over during their 1.5 to 2 hours on on air time, they could anticipate what they might see, depending on cloud cover and day and night side. They could zoom/follow pan in on Washington DC or wherever. There could be a training version that they could practise with ahead of time, and they could banter with one another about the flight.

It would also be helpful to viewers if they could punch into an on line site the latitude and longitude that they are interested in, and then they would get back the times the station would be above that area in regular or once a week emails, so that they could set their VCR's to pick up action of interest.

Is there a guardian angle out there that might fund this ???

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