June 5, 1999

The Starshine student spacecraft was deployed from its Hitchhiker canister in the cargo bay of Space Shuttle Discovery at 2:21 a.m. CDT on June 5, 1999.  Its initial orbit is nearly circular, with an apogee of 247 miles, a perigee of 238 miles, and with its plane inclined 51.6 degrees to the equator. It should be visible during the next six months to a year at certain morning and evening twilight periods to observers located between latitudes 60 degrees north and 60 degrees south.

Click on the box labeled, "How to Track Starshine and Report Your Observations" and then click on "Beginners Guide on How to Track Starshine" to find out when and where Starshine will be visible in your vicinity.  If you are already familiar with satellite tracking fundamentals, move on to the "Intermediate Guide For How to Track Starshine," register your site and start sending in your observations. If you have questions or comments about the project, click on the "Comments" box.  The project is open to everyone in the world, regardless of age.   ENJOY!

Gil Moore
Project Starshine