The location of all photos taken from the International Space Station
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A data dump of the location of all photos taken from the International Space Station.

Since the first mission to the International Space Station over 12 years ago there have been over a million of photographs taken by astronauts from their perch four hundred kilometers above Earth. Nearly all of them have been archived on NASA’s servers. I've crawled that archive and pulled out the approximate location of the ISS when each photo was taken.


The data exists in a collection of .csv files in the folder ./data/. There is a file for each ISS mission, ISS001.csv, ISS002.csv, etc. in the following format:

Column   Mission-Roll-Frame | Latitude | Longitude
Example  ISS001-E-5411, 45.5, -122.6

Example Use

In python you could read in a file like this:

with open("data/ISS001.csv") as f:
    for line in f:
        columns = line.split(',')
        mrf = columns[0]
        latitude = float(columns[1])
        longitude = float(columns[2])
        print mrf, latitude, longitude

Also look in the scripts folder for example code for doing things like generating URLs to the images based on the Mission-Roll-Frame key in the CSV files.


This dataset is courtisy of the Image Science and Analysis Laboratory, NASA-Johnson Space Center.

NASA still images; audio files; video; and computer files used in the rendition of 3-dimensional models, such as texture maps and polygon data in any format, generally are not copyrighted. You may use NASA imagery, video, audio, and data files used for the rendition of 3-dimensional models for educational or informational purposes, including photo collections, textbooks, public exhibits, computer graphical simulations and Internet Web pages. This general permission extends to personal Web pages.

The accompanying articles and visualizations are copyrighted by Nathan Bergey and available under a Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 License.