Data Viz Done Right

April 2, 2013

Tableau time lapse video - Every photo from the International Space Station


Last week I wrote about how I created a map in Tableau of every photo taken from the ISS.  The map with all of the dots is interesting on its own, but a time lapse version is way cooler.

Since Tableau does not support animation via the Pages shelf on Tableau Server or Tableau Public, I created this video so you could see the map of all of the photos build over time.  The first ISS mission was on October 31, 2000 and Mission 34 was December 19, 2012.  A list of all missions can be found here.


  1. Hey, this seems very interesting. Could you please tell me as to how you achieved the time lapse version of the same since tableau doesnt support animation in itself?

    1. It's a screen recording. You can do animation with Tableau using the JavaScript API.