Today I checked out ‘Spacebot’. As many other apps this bot was first developed for Slack by Michael Holtzman and is now available for Microsoft Teams. The bot uses the service ‘Astronomy Picture of the Day‘ (apod) of the NASA. It’s one of NASA’s most popular websites: “Each day a different image or photograph of our fascinating universe is featured, along with a brief explanation written by a professional astronomer.”
Just send @spacebot a message with ‘apod’ and it will show you the picture of the day.
This is not all. The command
- ‘@spacebot apod random’ shows a random picture and
- ‘@spacebot apod yyyy-mm-dd’ a APOD from a specific day.
The bot can even return photos of the three Mars Exploration Rovers Curiosity, Spirit, and Opportunity.
- ‘@spacebot rovers info’ displays a list of the rovers with more information and
- ‘@spacebot rovers photos name camera date’ photos from a given rover.
Unfortunately not for every day pictures of each of the rovers are available. Therefore I needed some time to find images from a certain rover in my quick test. Also the bots time to answer is quite long and it does not show a “no picture found for this query” message. Perhaps this will improve with one of the future updates.
In my opion it is worth to take a look for all, who are interested in astronomy. But I think it should be placed in a 1:1 chat than in a team chat. Relax for a minute after a day of work and discover the universe.