Iss Space

What the astronauts see right now

This is the view from the ISS directly down to earth. The crosshair indicates the current ground point. The map is updated every second.
Please note that the map is not real-time video. However, the position itself is real-time.

Orbital speed


Ground track

The tracker shows where the Space Station is right now and its path 90 minutes ago (-1.5 hr) and 90 minutes ahead (+1.5 hr). The dark overlay indicates where it is. See the International Space Station! As the third brightest object in the sky the space station is easy to see if you know when to look up. Space Station Explorers is a consortium of organizations that use the power and appeal of the International Space Station to engage students. Consortium members develop and deliver high-quality educational programs that feature science, technology, engineering. The ISS is basically a large spacecraft. As such, it must be able to move about in space, its crew must maintain communications with controllers on the ground and it needs power to accomplish all of this. We take for granted having electrical power to operate our homes. The Center for the Advancement of Science in Space (the ISS National Lab) is the manager of the International Space Station (ISS) U.S. National Laboratory. The mission of the ISS National Lab is to maximize use of this unparalleled platform for innovation to benefit life on Earth. International Space Station U.S. National Laboratory.

Iss space stationSpaceTracking

This map shows the ground track of the International Space Station's next orbit. The crosshair marks its current position.

The blue sections of the ISS' track indicate when the space station is in the earth's shadow. The red sections mark when the ISS is sunlit.

Iss Space Station Viewing

Would you like this ISS ground track map on your website? Obtain here the HTML code for the AstroViewer ISS Position Widget.

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