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How do you make a weather satellite?

How does a satellite stay up in space without falling back to Earth? How is a weather satellite able to take pictures or measure surface temperatures from space? How does a satellite communicate with Earth? These questions and more are answered in the booklet "How Do You Make a Weather Satellite."

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For educators, we have the author's notes on presenting this topic in the classroom, using this booklet.

We also have further background information on weather satellites by the booklet's author to help in answering students' questions.

This activity supports national education standards for science, technology, and math, as shown in this matrix.