NASA are preparing to shut down their live live feed of data from the International Space Station, but they want your feedback first. In just two weeks time, NASA have advised they will retire the little known but invaluable website, that is unless they can find an organization that will cover their costs.
This live ISS data feed is the only way the public can access real-time data from the International Space Station, and should it be allowed to go dark it will be a huge, huge loss. Most people may never have known the site existed, but the chances that at some point, they would have witnessed another site using its data.
While NASA haven't published any specific reasons for retiring the site, it is understood that the cost of running the feed dwarfs the level of visitation it receives. But this lack of users in no way reflects how valuable and inspiring this site is, it merely represents another example of how the space agency has failed to reach out to the public to maximize its operations.
Jennifer Price is NASA's lead contact on the process and she has suggested that if a proposed deal with a 3rd party is not reached today, visitors will have just 2 weeks left to enjoy this rare view of space. So if you want to keep this incredible data source going, send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org as quick as you can! And register your protest against NASA censorship.