The International Space Station’s Accidental Spin Visualized


NASA makes data available from the international space station, which means that when Nauka took the rest of the station for a spin we had telemetry. A few people have tried to produce visualizations of the spin, but I think many of these are wrong because they’re trying to translate the rotations using Euler angles which run into singularities near the poles, and the spin carried them close to these regions.
The correct data source would be quaternions which don’t suffer from singularities, and are available from ISS data sources.

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