Orbiting Eyes: The Science of Artificial Satellites

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When you look up at the night sky, do you ever wonder why some stars seem to move? These moving lights are not stars. They are artificial satellites, machines put into space to help us communicate or gather information here on Earth. From the launch of the first artificial satellite in 1957 to the space telescopes making headlines today, these orbiting eyes have helped us study the heavens, survey the earth, stay in touch, and protect our homelands. Headline Science uses news stories and everyday applications to ...
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Overview

When you look up at the night sky, do you ever wonder why some stars seem to move? These moving lights are not stars. They are artificial satellites, machines put into space to help us communicate or gather information here on Earth. From the launch of the first artificial satellite in 1957 to the space telescopes making headlines today, these orbiting eyes have helped us study the heavens, survey the earth, stay in touch, and protect our homelands. Headline Science uses news stories and everyday applications to explain the science behind artificial satellites.
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Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Amie Rose Rotruck
While artificial satellites are a part of everyday life in today's world (for things such as television and global positioning systems), it was only about fifty years ago that the first artificial satellite was launched. When the Soviet Union did that, they started a space race between their country and the United States, which prompted many technological advances. Nardo explains the science behind natural satellites first and then delves into the science that allows us to build and launch artificial satellites. Uses of satellites comprise the remaining chapters. "Surveying the Earth's Wonders" describes viewing weather and other items not possible except from outer space. "Staying in Touch" talks about using Global Positioning Systems and phones to aid humans in connecting with one another. Countries are "Protecting the Homeland" with spy satellites and "Studying the Heavens" for basic research. Complete with many photographs and a glossary, this is an excellent resource for beginning astronomy students. Reviewer: Amie Rose Rotruck
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780756540586
  • Publisher: Capstone Press
  • Publication date: 1/1/2009
  • Series: Headline Science Series
  • Pages: 24
  • Age range: 12 - 14 Years
  • Lexile: 1090L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 7.20 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 0.30 (d)

Meet the Author

Historian and award-winning author Don Nardo has written many books for young people about modern history, including studies of the rise of Hitler and Nazism, World War II, international terrorism, and dozens of military topics. In addition, he specializes in ancient history and has published numerous volumes about the histories and cultures of the ancient Greeks, Romans, Egyptians, and peoples of Mesopotamia. Nardo, who also composes and arranges orchestral music, lives with his wife, Christine, in Massachusetts.
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