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Station and Shuttle Tracking  

The official NASA tools for tracking the International Space Station and Space Shuttle can be found on the Human Space Flight Web site.

Shuttle and Station tracking are no longer available on J-Track. Many uncrewed satellites still remain available, however.

Satellite Tracking
Tracking Applications
Picture of the J-Track 2D java applet

Live 2D Java Satellite Tracking Maps
J-Track 2.5 is a great way to locate Hubble Space Telescope, Chandra X-Ray Observatory or any of your favorite satellites other than International Space Station or Space Shuttle (see below)
+ Astronomy (Hubble, Chandra, etc.)
+ Earth Observation
+ Amateur (HAM) Satellites
+ Weather Satellites
+ Search and Rescue Satellites (some are multi-purpose)
+ Digital Radio

Image of Human Space Flight's Tracking Map

Human Space Flight's Tracking Map
This JAVA Applet, a part of the Human Space Flight web site, shows the position of the International Space Station and, when it is flying, the Space Shuttle.
+ Human Space Flight - Orbital Tracking Page

3D satellite tracker Live 3D Java Tracking Display
Did you know there are over eight thousand artificial objects orbiting Earth? Over 2,500 are satellites, operative and inoperative. The remaining objects are orbital debris: parts such as nosecone shrouds, lens, hatch covers, rocket bodies, payloads that have disintegrated or exploded, and even objects that "escape" from manned spacecraft during operations.

J-Track 3D is one of the most popular Java applets on our web site.  It shows 900 satellites, out of thousands, swarming about our earth.  You can rotate the display and modify all kinds of settings.  The display will also zoom in and out.
Picture of the Human Space Flight Pass Predictor

Predictions for Viewing Space Station, or Other Satellites
Provided by the Human Space Flight web site, the Sighting Opportunities web page provides tables of sighting opportunities for Space Station by cities around the world. A java applet, Skywatch 2.0 provides information you need to view Internation Space Station, the Shuttle (when it is flying), and any of seven other satellites from wherever you are in the world. Also
+ Human Space Flight - Sighting Opportunities Page
+ Skywatch 2.0 Java Applet

Picture of the J-Pass 2.0 java applet
Predictions for Viewing Unmanned Satellites
J-Pass is no longer fully supported, but is still available for finding predictions and sky charts for satellites besides Space Station and Shuttle. It doesn't know about new Zip Codes created in the last couple of years, but it will work with Latitude and Longitude for any location.

Zip Code

Jpass Email Sample
J-Pass E-mail Generator
Generates e-mail messages with a 3-day forcast of upcoming satellite passes for your particular location (except for Space Station of Shuttle - see Human Space Flight's Skywatch 2.0 above for that information). Select frequency of reports (3 times a week, or just on Fridays), the satellites you're interested in, and what mail format (HTML or not) you prefer.
+ J-Pass E-mail Generator Sign-Up
+ J-Pass Generator Help
Current NOAA 15 location

Live 3D Tracking Snapshots
These very popular snap-shot picture update every minute.  For those without Java in their web browsers or on systems without Java, these are for a great way to follow allong with the tracking of satellites.  We create images for the following satellites:

+ Hubble Space Telescope
+ Chandra X-Ray Observatory
+ NOAA 15
+ NOAA 16
+ NOAA 17
+ NOAA 18

Current Station Location

Landing Ground Tracks
Precicted landing tracks for recent or upcoming Shuttle flights, provided by the Human Space Flight web site.

+ Landing Ground Tracks
+ Deorbit and Landing Preliminary Advisory FAQ

Orbital Elements Graph

Orbital Elements
Orbital Elements are the basic mathematical descriptions necessary to describe a satellite's position and orbit. NASA's Human Space Flight web site provides elements for Station and Shuttle. Celestrak, and non-NASA site, provides elements for hundreds of different satellites.
+ Human Space Flight's Orbital Elements Web Page
+ Shuttle Orbital Elements
+ International Space Station Orbital Elements
+ Celestrak


Curator: Everett Alexander
NASA Official: Dr. Raymond G. Clinton
Last Updated: December 27, 2007
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