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Track Discovery en route

As you've probably heard by now, NASA has successfully launched the Discovery space shuttle yesterday, which is now circling the globe and working itself into position for its rendezvous with the International Space Station. As with all its big missions, NASA is offering a wealth of multimedia coverage on its Web site, including videos, images and status reports.

One of our favorite features is the Human Space Flight Web site's Tracking Map. This Java applet shows where, on a flattened 2-D globe backdrop, the Discovery is at any given moment, as well as the route it is taking. Since the shuttle circles the earth at about 7,500 miles per hour, the icon moves across the map fairly quickly. (Probably due to heavy use, this site seems to go offline intermittently. So if it is not working now, check back in a bit.)

Another Java-based site allows you to estimate when the craft will be passing by your neighborhood. So tonight, as the Space Shuttle flies over your house, you'll know when to look up and catch a fleeting glimpse.

--Posted by Joab Jackson

Posted by Brad Grimes, Joab Jackson on Jul 05, 2006 at 9:39 AM


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