How going to space changes you

Wednesday, June 09, 2010

I like the quote near the end of this article about how going to space has changed Gregory Olsen, who visited the ISS in 2005 and intends to find a way to visit space again.

On that note, here's my idea of the day: right now Google Maps has the option to display maps in this way:


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or this way:


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Why not add a minimalist option as well? No borders, no info. And maybe even turn it over for good measure since that helps to remove some of the borders locked in one's mind as well. Views on that map would look something like this:



and this:



and this:



and this:



and this.



Shouldn't be too difficult to identify those places, but quite different from your average north-is-up-and-obvious-borders map.

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