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The simulation shows 8500 stars in their actual location. The stars were taken from the bright star catalog revision 5 as published by Dorrit Hoffleit, Department of Astronomy, Yale University and Wayne H. Warren Jr., ST Systems Corporation, National Space Science Data Center, NASA Goddard Space Flight Center

The following paragraph was taken from the catalog's documentation and describes the catalog in more detail.

The Bright Star Catalogue (BSC) is widely used as a source of basic astronomical and astrophysical data for stars brighter than magnitude 6.5. The catalog contains the identifications of included stars in several other widely-used catalogs, double- and multiple-star identifications, indication of variability and variable-star identifiers, equatorial positions for B1900.0 and J2000.0, galactic coordinates, UBVRI photoelectric photometric data when they exist, spectral types on the Morgan-Keenan (MK) classification system, proper motions (J2000.0), parallax, radial- and rotational-velocity data, and multiple-star information (number of components, separation, and magnitude differences) for known non-single stars. In addition to the data file, there is an extensive remarks file that gives more detailed information on individual entries. This information includes star names, colors, spectra, variability details, binary characteristics, radial and rotational velocities for companion stars, duplicity information, dynamical parallaxes, stellar dimensions (radii and diameters), polarization, and membership in stellar groups and clusters. The existence of remarks is flagged in the main data file.

The catalog was used only for star positions and brightness data. Stars used by the shuttle for navigation are shown in red for easy identification. The following table lists the navigation stars and targets that is used by the Universal Pointing program in the GPC.

Navigation Stars and Targets

1 Orbiting object (not implemented)
2 Center of earth
3 Earth relitive target
4 Center of sun
5 Celestial target
  6 thru 10 not used
11 Sirius
12 Canopus
13 Rigel
14 Vega
15 Hadar
16 Achernar
17 Acrux
18 Capella
19 Spica
20 Arcturus
21 Procyon
22 Altair
23 belegeuse
24 Bellatrix
25 Regulus
26 Romalhaut
27 Deneb
28 Al Na'ir
29 Alkaid
30 Antares
31 Castor
32 Aldebaran
33 Peacock
34 Miaplacidus
35 Nunki
36 Kaus Australis
37 Alpheratz
38 Navi
39 Alhnea
40 Mirfak
41 Denebola
42 Alphecca
43 Rasalhague
44 Merak
45 Polaris
46 Phecda
47 Gienah
48 Zubeneschemali
49 Kochab
50 Avior
51 Atria
52 Hamal
53 Menkent
54 Diphda
55 Alphard
56 Al Suhair
57 Acamar
58 Deneb Algedia
59 Schaet
60 Enif
61 Alnilam
62 El Nath
63 Naos
64 Saiph
65 Aloith
66 Mankalinan
67 Eta Centauri
68 Kappa Sorpii
69 Algol
70 Muhlifain
71 Zeta Centauri
72 Aludbra
73 Acrab
74 Theta Carinae
75 Zeta Ophiuchi
76 Alpha Muscae
77 Algenib
78 Gamma Lupi
79 Markab
80 Epsilon Persei
81 Phact
82 Sabik
83 Theta Aurigae
84 Alpha Arae
85 Mu Scorpii
86 Alderamin
87 Zozca
88 Zeta Can. Maj.
89 Arneb
90 Zeta Persei
91 Alphirk
92 Mirach
93 Iceh
94 Cor Caroli
95 Beta Gruis
96 Delta Cygni
97 Almach
98 Zubenelgenubi
99 Gamma Gruis
100 Gamma Tri. Aus.
101 Izar
102 Eltamin
103 Arich
104 Zeta Aquilae
105 Epsilon Cygni
106 Ankaa
107 Rho Puppis
108 Beta Trianguli
109 Pi Sagittarii
110 Zeta Herculis

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Launch of STS 114, Return to Flight, July 26, 2005
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