what are satellites ?

Satellites come in many shapes and sizes and have many uses.

What is a satellite anyway?

A satellite is any object that orbits or revolves around another object. For example, the Moon is a satellite of Earth, and Earth is a satellite of the Sun.

Orbiting Machines

In this exhibit we'll look at the man-made satellites that orbit Earth and the Sun -- highly specialized tools that do thousands of tasks every day. Each of these satellites has many parts, but two parts common to all satellites are called the payload and the bus.(below)

Is the moon a satellites ?

A satellite is an object which has been placed into orbit by human endeavor. Such objects are sometimes called artificial satellites to distinguish them from natural satellites such as the Moon because it rotates around the earth.

Do satellites send image and info back to earth?

Satellites do send images and info back to earth of planets, moons,asteroids, comets, dwarf planets and the sun

most are human made


Not so long ago, satellites were exotic, top-secret devices. They were used primarily in a military capacity, for activities such as navigation and espionage. Now they are an essential part of our daily lives. We see and recognize their use in weather reports, television transmission by DIRECTV and the DISH Network, and everyday telephone calls. In many other instances, satellites play a background role that escapes our notice


image of the earth form a satellite