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Earth System: Satellites

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Technology, Education, Astronomy, Chemistry, Geoscience, Physics, Space Science, Science and Technology
PBS LearningMedia, PBS Learning Media, University Corporation for Atmospheric Research
Provider Set:
PBS Learning Media: Multimedia Resources for the Classroom and Professional Development, Teachers' Domain, DLESE Community Collection
Middle School, High School, Career / Technical
Grade 6, Grade 7, Grade 8, Grade 9, Grade 10, Grade 11, Grade 12
Material Type:
Activities and Labs, Images and Illustrations, Reference
Media Format:
Text/HTML, Video
University Corporation for Atmospheric Research Abstract:

There are thousands of artificial satellites circling our planet for navigation, communications, entertainment, and science. These satellites are an integral part of our everyday life, and they collect data which cannot be obtained from Earth's surface. This video segment describes the basic components of a satellite and some of applications that have been developed for both geostationary and orbiting satellites. The segment is three minutes fifty seconds in length. A background essay and discussion questions are included.

PBS LearningMedia Abstract:

This video segment adapted from NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center shows how integral satellites are to everyday life and describes the different types, including orbital and geostationary.