Putting Challenger Back in Orbit Using Starry Night

For any who use the desktop planetarium program Starry Night, I’ve collected an image and two-line orbital element set needed for putting Challenger back in orbit, using an approximation of the planned orbit-1 for 51-L. This is something I’ve been doing for years — my own personal remembrance of Challenger and her crew. At the time of liftoff each Jan. 28, 11:38:00 AM, EST (16:38:00 UT), I set up Starry Night to hover near Challenger and hit the time-forward button and let it play for the next 90 minutes or so.

You’ll find the information and files you need here

For those who don’t have Starry Night, there’s a YouTube video at the bottom of the page showing what it looks like (although, on my Mac, it’s full screen).

Jim Cook