Real-TimeTracking of the Space Shuttle; View Imagery of Earth Taken by Astronauts

The Space Shuttle has blasted off from the Kennedy Space Center and is currently orbiting the Earth. The Shuttle will dock with the International Space Station on Thursday.

If you're interested in tracking both spacecraft, here are a couple real-time databases. You'll need to have Java working.

Also, since satellite and aerial imagery is all the rage these days, here's a small archive with selected imagery of Earth taken by astronauts since the beginning of the space program. Want more? The Gateway to Astronaut Photography of Earth, is a searchable database with astronaut photographs (more than 600,000 images) of Earth from 1961 through the present.