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    Space Station and Space Shuttle

  • Space Station location, NASA MSFC: This site provides a real time display of the current position of the International Space Station.

  • Shuttle location, NASA MSFC: This site provides a real time display of the current position of the Space Shuttle during shuttle missions. It does not operate between missions.

  • Shuttle Orbital Tracking, NASA Human Spaceflight: This site presents a real time depiction of the orbits of the International Space Station and the Space Shuttle.

  • NASA Skywatch, NASA Human Spaceflight: NASA SkyWatch is a web-based Java application that provides sky watchers worldwide with a picture of when and where the International Space Station, the space shuttle and other spacecraft can be seen with the unaided eye as they pass overhead.

  • Shuttle Orbital Elements, NASA Human Spaceflight: This website provides orbital elements Information regarding the orbit trajectories of the International Space Station, the space shuttle and the Mir Space Station. This data can be used in a variety of programs that require accurate knowledge of the orbit of the satellite. Such applications might include ground track plotting programs, visual sighting programs and programs that predict past or future spacecraft trajectory information.

  • Shuttle Tracking Monitor, United Space Alliance: This site requires the Shockwave Plugin for your browser.

  • Landing Ground Tracks, NASA Human Spaceflight: This website provides the landing tracks for space shuttles as they prepare to return to Earth. This information is posted a day or so before a Shuttle's scheduled landing.


    Space Station Mir

  • Mir location, NASA MSFC: This site provides a real time display of the current position of the Space Station Mir.


    General Satellite Viewers and Resources

  • Heavens-Above : This site in Germany provides tracking of the Space Station, the Space Shuttle, Mir and a number of other satellites. You can select your location and then see what satellites will be overhead at a specific time and date.

  • J-Track, NASA MSFC: J-track is a Java applet-based tracking system which calculates an approximate location for a list of satellites (including spacecraft). Each satellite is assigned a color used for displaying the ground trace, captions, location, and countdown clock. Satellites track include ISS, Hubble Space Telescope, and Mir.

  • J-Pass, NASA MSFC: This site allows you to enter your location on Earth uses the latest available tracking data to predict the times a satellite will pass overhead. It produces a chart showing the path of the craft through your sky. According to NASA "Whether you're interested in seeing the International Space Station, Mir, a favorite category of satellites such as Amateur craft, or just any manmade craft, J-Pass can help you plan your viewing."

  • J-Track 3-D, NASA MSFC: This site uses a Java applet to open a separate window and loads a database of over 500 satellites. A plot is produced in 3-dimensions showing the position of these satellites. A pull-down menu allows you to choose which satellite you wish to view. Your mouse can also be used to rotate your viewing perspective with respect to Earth and zoom in for a closer view or animate the display at various rates.


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