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Space Satellites

The Hubble Space Telescope. The Mars Rover. The Cassini space probe. You've probably seen amazing pictures sent back to Earth from these explorers, but have you ever wondered how we're able to see these images? It's all about satellites. Find out how they do it.

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Shoot a Cannonball into Orbit!

Shoot a Cannonball into Orbit!

Fire away! Isaac Newton’s imaginary cannon will show you the difference between escape velocity and slower velocities that put something into orbit. More...

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NASA
First Satellite Developed by High Schoolers Sent into Space

First Satellite Developed by High Schoolers Sent into Space

Check out this student-built satellite that got a ride into space aboard a military rocket. It uses a voice synthesizer to turn text into audio broadcasts. You can even send it a text message! More...

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NPR
Interactive: Satellites and Orbits

Interactive: Satellites and Orbits

The size, orbit, and design of a satellite depend on its purpose. In this interactive, scientists tell us what different satellites do. Click a satellite or orbit for a fact file and a video! More...

Interactive
University of Waikato
Missions to Planet Earth!

Missions to Planet Earth!

Earth needs your help — now! Play these card games that also explain how satellites help tell us what's happening on our own planet. More...

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NASA
Build It Yourself: Satellite! Game

Build It Yourself: Satellite! Game

Discover how studying different scientific topics requires different types of satellites by building one yourself in this interactive game. More...

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NASA
Careers in Satellite Technology

Careers in Satellite Technology

Are you fascinated by satellites? Detail oriented and precise? Satellite technology might just be the career for you. Read more about what it takes to work in this exciting field. More...

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Journal of Young Investigators
CubeSats: Tiny Satellites at Work

CubeSats: Tiny Satellites at Work

Small, cube-shaped satellites are on the cutting edge of satellite research. See some of the amazing work these tiny satellites can do. More...

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MIT
Heavens-Above

Heavens-Above

This app will reveal what is orbiting in the heavens above you! Under "Configuration" click on "select from map" and enter your current location. More...

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Heavens Above
How Do You Make a Weather Satellite?

How Do You Make a Weather Satellite?

What's the weather forecast for today? Chances are the information came from a weather satellite. Get the details and some activities. More...

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USA.gov
How Well Do You Know What’s Orbiting Earth?

How Well Do You Know What’s Orbiting Earth?

The first artificial satellite was launched in 1957. Since then, we've launched many more. How well do you know what's orbiting the Earth? More...

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Space.com
Mission Control

Mission Control

How many probes has NASA launched? Which new satellites, rovers, and spacecraft are planned? Find out in this comprehensive look at more than 100 NASA missions. More...

Interactive
NASA
NASA Views Our Perpetual Ocean

NASA Views Our Perpetual Ocean

Thanks to NASA satellites, you can watch an animation of the Gulf Stream and other surface currents circulating in Earth's oceans from June 2005 to December 2007. More...

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NASA
NASA Visible Earth

NASA Visible Earth

Explore this catalog of images, taken from some of the many satellites that orbit our planet. More...

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Visible Earth
Orbits ‘R’ Us!

Orbits ‘R’ Us!

When space engineers decide to build and launch a new satellite, they need to determine its orbit. How far above Earth will it be? It depends on what the satellite will be doing. More...

Article
USA.gov
Play Satellite Insight

Play Satellite Insight

The GOES-R satellite captures so much information that it can be difficult to sort it all out. Can you help? Try this game. More...

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USA.gov
Sarah Parcak, Archaeologist

Sarah Parcak, Archaeologist

Satellite archaeology is transforming the way discoveries are made. Meet archaeologist Sarah Parcak, a pioneer in using new technology to unlock secrets from the past. More...

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National Geographic
Satellite Launch Animation

Satellite Launch Animation

Ever wonder how they get satellites out into space? Watch this animation of the ST5 satellites as they are hurled like Frisbees into their orbit. More...

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NASA
Satellites and Space Junk

Satellites and Space Junk

The space outside Earth's atmosphere is filled with satellites and space junk. In fact, some satellites have become space junk. Find out more here. More...

Interactive
National Geographic
Shields Up! Save the Satellites!

Shields Up! Save the Satellites!

Solar storms can blast out huge clouds of electrified gas and dust, temporarily disrupting Earth's magnetic field. See how the GOES-R satellites warn us of new danger — and test your skill at doing its job. More...

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NASA
Using the SOHO Satellite to Determine the Rotation of the Sun

Using the SOHO Satellite to Determine the Rotation of the Sun

Use images from the Solar and Heliospheric Observatory Satellite (SOHO) to determine how fast the sun rotates with this hands-on project. More...

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Science Buddies
What Is a Satellite?

What Is a Satellite?

Much of modern life is dependent on space satellites. Just what are these spacecraft? No one knows better than NASA. More...

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NASA

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