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An Introduction To Satellites - How Satellites Work

An Introduction To Satellites

On November 28, 2013, in Science, by Ben

* Estimated reading time: 1min *

I got into a conversation about space with my 5yr old daughter during the school run today. You know, the usual – “Is space a real thing? An actual real thing?”, “So, can people actual go there?”.

Ever the one to encourage inquisitive minds, I was happy to explain about space and planets and our place in the universe and how very few people have gone into space (even although, technically, we’re all already in space) but some people have flown into space and we send lots of satellites into space all the time.

It turns out these questions were triggered by her overhearing me watching some news on the scrubbed SpaceX launch earlier this week (which I hear they are rescheduling for tonight). This is the first commercial launch for Elon Musk’s private space company which is putting a satellite into Earth orbit for SES, the company responsible for carrying most of the UK’s satellite TV transmissions besides other things.

I was looking into the story more today and they actually have some good education content around the science of satellites and what’s involved in putting stuff in space. Of all things, they’ve got a bunch of neat animated videos narrated by none other than Johnny Ball (you can keep your Bill Nye, Johnny is our science guy).

Click through on the infographic below for some kid-friendly videos on satellite physics, history, launching and so on.


 

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