Satellites, Launchers and Landers

A great deal of space exploration is performed by autonomous craft. They have mapped remote planets and even landed to send surface data back to Earth. Satellites have changed the world of communication, earth observation and, through global positioning systems, everyday navigation. This collection, with contributors such as ESA and NASA, looks at satellites, remote exploration and also the launchers that get them into space.


GRIP Hurricane Observation Satellite Programme

From NASA, this video shows how the GRIP project is using satellite observations from space to track and understand hurricanes on Earth. It helps to illustrate how satellites are used to monitor the Earth's climate.

Robotic Landers: Small with Big Benefits

NASA and the Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory are creating a new generation of smart, versatile robotic landers for exploring the moon, asteroids, and other airless bodies in our solar system. As small as a golf cart but big in performance, these multi-use landers will enable a variety of...

Science and Engineering on the Moon Challenge

These NASA materials describe hands-on science and engineering challenges for students, using space exploration as an engaging context. The activities are related to NASA's Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter and NASA's Lunar Crater Observation and Sensing Satellite missions. Students design and build: *an air-powered...

Phoenix Mars Lander

This video, from NASA, examines the Phoenix Lander mission which provided new information about Mars and the possibility of life on the Red Planet. The Phoenix Lander explored Mars' polar region and the thick layer of ice directly below the planet's surface. Phoenix looked for signs of life on Mars and NASA...


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