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  • In this activity, students use Science Learning Hub resources and the internet to answer questions about various satellite missions and orbits and to explore some of the stunning imagery obtained by satellites.

    By the end of this activity, students should be able to:

    • identify the mission (purpose) of some of the satellites featured on the Science Learning Hub
    • identify the types of orbits some of these satellites occupy
    • discuss why some of these satellites occupy the orbits they do.

    Download the Word file (see link below) for:

    • introduction/background notes
    • what you need
    • what to do
    • discussion questions
    • extension ideas
    • student handout.

    Activity idea

    The activity Interpreting observations from satellite images introduces student to strategies and skills that scientists use to interpret satellite images. The activity contains a number of ready-to-use images from NASA’s Visible Earth website. To encourage local curriculum learning, use this curation of New Zealand images to find images of interest for your local area.
      Published 27 March 2013, Updated 30 August 2022 Referencing Hub articles
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