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Artificial satellites

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Mars (Planet) (4)
Moon (1)
Orbits (7)
Research (4)
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View Resource Artificial Satellites

Over 2,000 man-made satellites are currently orbiting the Earth, providing a wide range of services like communications, remote sensing, and global positioning. As more are launched and new technologies are developed, they will play an increasingly important role in everyday life. The Tech Museum offers this site (1) dedicated to the basics of satellites and their functions. A Java program...

https://scout.wisc.edu/report/nsdl/met/2003/0117
View Resource GPS Basics

The Federal Aviation Administration maintains the graphically impressive Global Positioning System (GPS) Basics Web site. From the history of the global positioning system and how it works to governmental policy that controls its use, this site does a good job of explaining all facets of what GPS is about without being overly technical. Interested visitors can explore some of the other links that...

https://www.faa.gov/about/office_org/headquarters_offices/at...
View Resource Space Debris

This Topic in Depth begins with a Web site maintained by Dr. Richard B. Gomez of George Mason University called Space Debris (1). The site is offered as a slide presentation, which explains what space debris is, where it comes from, if it's dangerous, what is known about it, and what can be done about it. The very interesting site is perfect for non-experts because of its simple descriptions and...

https://scout.wisc.edu/report/nsdl/ps/2003/0307
View Resource Geocaching

Geocaching is a game for users of Global Positioning Systems (GPS). The idea is that people set up caches all over the world and GPS users enter waypoints into their systems in an attempt to locate the caches. The cache may be filled with rewards that are available to the player once he or she has found the cache. Rewards include books, CDs, maps, etc. After receiving a reward, the player must...

https://www.geocaching.com/play
View Resource A Practical Guide to GPS - UTM

Don Bartlett, in association with National Resources Canada, has developed an educational instruction manual addressing many key elements of GPS units. First he describes the basic features a buyer should consider when purchasing a handheld unit. Bartlett then discusses in detail the limitations and the accuracies of the readings collected by a GPS unit. Users can learn how GPS systems work and...

http://www.dbartlett.com/
View Resource The ATSR Project

By creating infrared images of the Earth with a spatial resolution of one kilometer, the Along Track Scanning Radiometer (ATSR) instruments are beneficial for land, atmosphere, water, and Cryosphere scientific studies. After learning about the sensitivities and accuracies of the ATSR instruments, students and educators can view a presentation describing the usefulness of the collected data. The...

http://www.atsr.rl.ac.uk/index.shtml
View Resource Global Hydrology and Climate Center

This NASA website displays Interactive Global Geostationary Weather Satellite Images collected by GOES, GMS-5, and METEOSAT-7. Users can find captivating real-time images of visible, infrared, and water vapor for most areas of the world. Each image can be viewed as a single image or as an animation. Users not familiar with satellite images can find educational materials describing the unique...

https://ghrc.nsstc.nasa.gov/home/
View Resource ICE Sat: The Ice, Cloud, and land Elevation Satellite

"ICESat (Ice, Cloud, and land Elevation Satellite) is the benchmark Earth Observing System mission for measuring ice sheet mass balance, cloud and aerosol heights, as well as land topography and vegetation characteristics." Visitors can learn how the data being collected can assist in answering many climatic questions including the impacts ice sheets can have on sea level and the affects of polar...

https://icesat.gsfc.nasa.gov/
View Resource Orbitron 3.0

With all this talk about long-distance space explorations to Mars and points beyond, it would seem that people have forgotten that there are thousands of satellites orbiting the Earth at any given minute. Fortunately for the curious public, Sebastian Stoff has created this fun little application that allows budding astrologers and others keep track of those many satellites that are circling around...

http://www.stoff.pl/index.php
View Resource University of Wisconsin - Madison - AERI: Atmospheric Emitted Radiance Interferometer

Housed at the Cooperative Institute for Meteorological Satellite Studies (SSEC) at the University of Wisconsin - Madison, the atmospheric emitted radiance interferometer (AERI) "measures downwelling infrared radiation from 3-25 "m at less than one wavenumber resolution every ten minutes." Users can learn about the instrument's many applications including atmospheric profiling and cloud data...

https://www.ssec.wisc.edu/aeri/
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