Maybe it's a sign of the times that the Government Video Website of the Week comes from the Twitterscape, that oft-ridiculed but incredibly useful pseudo-medium.
The Grand Canyon, photographed from the International Space Station by Soichi Noguchi But then, not everyone's workplace photos are as awesome as those of Soichi Noguchi.
His workplace is the International Space Station. And as he circles the globe--multiple times each day--he's been thoughtful enough to snap some photos of the Earth, identifying the location, posting them on TwitPic for all to see.
Remember the iconic "Earthrise" photo that somehow was a major part of the unfolding of the universe for a generation? Noguchi's doing that, but repeatedly and on Twitter.
Take a look at his Twitter feed. It's a near-real-time world tour of places you know and place you can learn about. Since it's so current, the eagle-eyed can look for signs of recent phenomenon like weather and wildfire.
And by using Twitter, Noguchi is showing an astronaut--or anyone else--doesn't need a fancy government Website to get excellent content out there.
So for giving humans potentially hours of wonder and re-discovery of the planet twitter.com/Astro_Soichi is the Government Video Website of the Week!
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