Monday, September 20, 2010

Pillownaut Space Map


New project! I am in the process of creating a SPACE MAP, and the first markers show all the field and research centers for the National Aeronautical and Space Administration. Of course, everyone is familiar with "Johnson" and "Kennedy", but there are well over a dozen facilities across 13 states that operate launches, oversee mission control, design crafts and technologies, manufacture components, conduct equipment and biological testing, plan payloads, and pioneer research across many scientific disciplines.

Wow, I sure wish I had thought of this before the summer vacation season this year, but, better late that never for us enthusiastic road-trippers!

Click on the map to go to the main Space Map page at, or click over to the main engine on Google Maps. In both of these spots, you'll see a larger screen where you can zoom in, zoom out, and examine precise locations.

Also, click on each marker for descriptions of each NASA center, including who it is named after, the year it was founded, and their main function(s) in the space agency.

In the future, I'll add space museums in the United States, and locations of all spacecrafts on display around the country. After that, perhaps I'll start adding world agencies, or even make the map an "open source" project where people can add sites to share. What do you think, should I add the NASA clinics and study facilities on the map too?

The first batch includes:
George C. Marshall Space Flight Center
Hugh L. Dryden Flight Research Center
Independent Verification & Validation Facility
Jet Propulsion Laboratory
John C. Stennis Space Center
John F. Kennedy Space Center
John H. Glenn Research Center
John H. Glenn Center Plum Brook Station
Joseph S. Ames Research Center
Langley Research Center
Lyndon B. Johnson Space Center
Michoud Assembly Facility
NASA Headquarters
Robert H. Goddard Institute for Space Studies
Robert H. Goddard Space Flight Center
Vandenberg Air Force Base
Wallops Flight Facility
White Sands Test Facility

Happy Mapping!

1 comment:

Jake said...

Please add my apartment to the map. Though not a NASA Center, it is home to two T-shirts that say respectively “Surf Titan” and “Don’t feel bad Pluto. I’m not a planet either.” I study the effects of these t-shirts on passersby, trying to ascertain the ratio of stifled giggles to mistaken assumptions that I’ve never dated.

Seriously though, here is a possible rule of thumb for what NASA locations to include on the map. You might choose only to add permanent owned and operated NASA locations, as opposed to organizations NASA merely contracts with, or provides research funding too. You might already have made that distinction. That also gets me thinking though: what about adding geographical locations that are regularly used for analog field tests, like the Desert Rats project? Those might be interesting places to add further down the line. I like that you are starting with NASA centers and looking at space museums as a next step.