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In this activity, students calculate the distance from a satellite to a receiving station on Earth. They will learn that radio signals are waves and that wave characteristics can be used to measure properties such as velocity, distance, and time. Full description.
Grade level: High (9-12), College (13-14)
Resource type: Classroom activity
Subject: Physics, Space science
 
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This guide shows teachers and students how to locate and view satellites in orbit. Topics include how to observe, some of the brighter objects such as the International Space Station and Space Shuttles, and how to use orbital tracking programs to identify which satellites are visible. Full description.
Grade level: High (9-12), College (13-14)
Resource type: Tutorial
Subject: Space science, Technology
 
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In this lesson, younger students will be introduced to the various orbital paths that are used for satellites. Using a globe and a satellite model or a large picture of Earth, the teacher will introduce three types of orbital paths (polar, elliptical, and geosynchronous). The students should be able to define 'satellite', define the three types of orbits, describe how satellites orbit the Earth, and ... Full description.
Grade level: Primary (K-2), Intermediate (3-5)
Resource type: Classroom activity, Guide for instructor
Subject: Geophysics, Physics, Space science
 
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