How Can Getting Farther Away from Earth Help Us See It More Clearly?
ESU101  Current Satellite Missions
  !   Click the images to open links to the featured satellites.

Terra

Landsat-7

NASA EarthKAM

SeaWIFS

GOES weather satellites

TOPEX/Poseidon

Polar Operation Environmental Satellite

Earth Probe TOMS

Explore the home pages of several satellites. Use the links above, or use a search engine to find other Earth-observing satellites. On the satellite pages, look for image galleries to see images from the satellite. Look for fact sheets about each mission or spacecraft to find out about the satellite's orbital characteristics.

9. Choose one of the Earth observation satellites on this page and list the following: name, purpose, type of orbit (polar or geostationary), spectral bands, and ground resolution (the area each pixel represents).

In the Unit 1 project, you will be designing your own Earth observation satellite mission. You may find these links useful when you are conducting research for your project.


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