Tracking the International Space Station from a roof in San Francisco

Traveling over 17,500mph the International Space Station (ISS) completes 15.4 orbits per day. NASA’s “Spot the Station” will alert you via email or text when the ISS will fly over your head. With your feet planted firmly on the ground, you can easily see the ISS stream across the sky, over 200 miles above. It’s amazing and inspiring and humbling all at the same time. Give it a shot. To see what the 6 ISS astronauts see, check out this live camera feed.

This piece explores my first viewing.

The sound design/music elements were created from a combination of original composition, audio captured by NASA onboard a shuttle launch, and an excerpt from “Lux aeterna” by the magnificent Polish composer Pawel Szymanski.


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