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Bringing Images from Space to Earth
This tutorial explains how satellite images are taken, transmitted to Earth, and converted into viewable form. Descriptions of each phase of the process are included: capture and transmittal of the image by a satellite or spacecraft, receiving the signal at one of the Deep Space Network's antennas, and processing the data into an image at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory's Multimission Image Processing Laboratory.
Intended for grade levels:
  • Middle (6-8)
  • High (9-12)
Type of resource:
  • For the classroom:
    • Tutorial
  • Space science
Technical requirements:
No specific technical requirements, just a browser required
Cost / Copyright:
No cost
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DLESE Catalog ID: NASA-Edmall-856
Resource contact / Creator / Publisher:
Publisher: National Aeronautics and Space Administration
Jet Propulsion Laboratory