Satellite Locations
 
 
 

 

   
What is on this page

Welcome to the Satellite location page. Here you will be able to find out where some of the more famous satellites are. Some of these are visible and so it might be worth while knowing where they are.

Below you will find links to other sites that provide more information and some of our own information on what each of the satellites are.

For detailed information of Satellite passing's see: http://www.heavens-above.com/

Chandra

The image to the right represents the current (updated every minute) position of Chandra in relation to the surface of the Earth.

Chandra was launched on July 23, 1999 and is one of NASA's great observatories. Chandra is designed to observe X-rays from high-energy regions of the universe, such as the remnants of exploded stars.

The first light for Chandra was on August 19, 1999. The first focused image was of Cassiopeia A (below), the 320 year old supernova remnant.

Cass A

For more info see: http://chandra.harvard.edu/

Chandra Position

International Space Station

It may not be much but it is keeping manned spaceflight in orbit. Construction stalled after STS 107. It is currently equipped with Russian support modules and American science modules and a half completed truss. For more info see: http://spaceflight.nasa.gov/station/

Hubble Space Telescope

Hubble was originally designed in the 1970s and launched in 1990. Hubble is the first scientific mission of any kind that is specifically designed for routine servicing by space walking astronauts. It has resolved objects fainter and more distant than any other telescope ever built and the images derived from its data are considered some of the most spectacular ever taken of the cosmos. The Hubble Space Telescope finest thing to have ever come out of manned spaceflight.

For more info see: http://hubble.nasa.gov/ and http://hubblesite.org/

ENVISAT

ENVISAT is an advanced polar-orbiting, Earth observation satellite, which provides measurements of the atmosphere, ocean, land, and ice since 2002. Envisat is the most powerful European Earth-observation satellite.

For more info see: http://envisat.esa.int/

Cassini-Huygens

The Cassini-Huygens spacecraft began its seven-year journey to the ringed planet Saturn on October 15, 1997 and entered into orbit on July 1, 2004. After almost 18 months orbiting Saturn, Cassini has returned the highest resolution images of the ringed planet and its moons ever. On Christmas Day of 2004, the European Titan probe Huygens was released and on January 14, 2005, it entered into the atmosphere of Titan sending back a wealth of information.

This image shows a SIMULATED view of the Cassini spacecraft. Click on the image for a more detailed view.

Click here for more info on this spacecraft.

Ulysses

This spacecraft provided the first look of the sun from well outside the plane of the ecliptic. It was launched on Discovery on October 6, 1990 and boosted out to Jupiter, where, with gravity assist, it was slingshotted into a near polar orbit of the sun, reaching to a latitude over 80, on February 2, 1992. It is still doing active sending back huge amounts of information on the sun from never-before-seen vantage points.

For more info see: http://ulysses.jpl.nasa.gov/index.html

Voyager and Pioneer Spacecrafts

These four spacecraft are all now heading towards interstellar space, below is a diagram of their rough location.

For more info on these spacecraft see:

Voyager

Pioneer 10/11

Click on image for a better view.

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