Does NASA Offer a Way to Track the International Space Station?


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As of 2016, NASA offers a Spot the Station service that lists times and dates when people in certain locations can see the International Space Station. In addition, the ISSTracker project, originally commissioned by a third party non-profit, provides continuous tracking of the International Space Station's movements.

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Does NASA Offer a Way to Track the International Space Station?
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NASA's Spot the Station project provides information to amateur astronomers who wish to see the International Space Station from their current locations. NASA posts times for over 6,700 locations worldwide on the Spot the Station website several times a week, and also provides email alerts to subscribers when a station sighting near their location is forthcoming.

The ISSTracker project is separate from NASA's control, and is based on a museum exhibit commissioned by Technical Education Research Centers, or TERC, in 2006. The tracker was designed by a private company called Myflipside Media and as of 2016 it exists as a Javascript utility that continuously posts the exact location of the station to the ISSTracker website.

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