Segments in this Video

Launchings (02:01)


Artificial satellites orbit the Earth and provide information. Rocket boosters launch a satellite into orbit.

History (01:11)

Sputnik was the first satellite launched in 1957. Communication and weather satellites are common in modern times.

Different Kinds of Satellites (04:19)

Telecommunication satellites receive messages from Earth and relay them to a different location. Astronomy satellites study far off objects in space.

The Space Telescope (01:11)

Space telescopes give a better image than telescopes on Earth. The Hubble Space Telescope was launched in 1990.

Summary (01:30)

Machines put into space are artificial satellites. Satellites are used for communication, meteorology, and surveillance.

Credits: Satellites (00:47)

Credits: Satellites

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Artificial satellites—as distinguished from natural satellites, such as the Moon—are machines that continuously circle the Earth. Learn about the launching of artificial satellites and their history, types, and use in astronomy. This program will also cover what satellites are made to do, including measuring temperatures, detecting radiation, transmitting information, and photographing the universe.

Length: 13 minutes

Item#: BVL155116

Copyright date: ©2013

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