Astronomy for Equity and ISS-Above. A view of Earth from a space shuttle traveling above the International Space Station.
ISS-Above: Backdropped by Earth’s horizon and the blackness of space, the International Space Station is featured in this image photographed by an STS-130 crew member on space shuttle Endeavour after the station and shuttle began their post-undocking relative separation. Undocking of the two spacecraft occurred at 7:54 p.m. (EST) on Feb. 19, 2010.

Eyes on ISS

The International Space Station (ISS) can be seen passing overhead from almost anywhere on Earth, presenting an opportunity to observe firsthand a product of humanity’s aspirations in space. ISS could not have been built without the cooperation of many countries, making it a living example of the power of collaboration.

A small device, ISS-Above, alerts users to upcoming passes over their locations. Users can see where ISS has been and where it is going on every pass. Building on ISS-Above’s existing educational program, schools, classes, students, and others will be connected online to observe ISS in orbit together.

These connections between students in different countries will foster curiosity, understanding, sympathy, and a sense of oneness as passengers on, as Buckminster Fuller called it, Spaceship Earth.

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