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Satellites and Space

    Specially for Kids - These items are designed especially for children (grades K-5) and provide fun activities for kids to explore the planet they live on.


  • Earth Day Origami Project - The Sun is the source of energy for life on Earth. Put together this origami model of the Sun and learn more about our nearest star.


  • NASA Kids - This NASA web site will teach you about astronauts, the Earth, space, rockets, airplanes and more.

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    Specially for Students - These items are designed especially for students (grades 6-12) to provide a way of learning about the earth in a fun and informative way.

  • NOAA Environmental Visualization Lab- Exciting animations, data visualizations, satellite imagery and other visually stunning datasets of Earth. Updated daily.


  • Science with NOAA Research - This web page provides middle school science students with research and investigation experiences using on-line resources. Even if you do not have much experience using web-based activities in science, the directions here are easy to follow. Space topics include solar flares, coronal holes, and solar winds.


  • Spuzzled for Kids - This site takes NOAA images and offers students the chance to put those images into the correct order while also learning more about the environmental work of the Agency. There is a spuzzle at three levels of difficulty in this section.


  • The Geostationary Satellite Server - This site provides satellite imagery of the eastern continental U.S., the western continental U.S., Puerto Rico, Alaska, and Hawaii. You can also access sea surface temperatures from this site as well as tropical Atlantic and Pacific information. This tropical information is particularly interesting during hurricane season.

  • Migration Concentration - A good way to learn about animals is to track them from space. Scientists pick individual animals and fit them with lightweight, comfortable radio transmitters. Signals from the transmitters are received by special instruments on certain satellites as they pass overhead. These satellites are operated by NOAA. The polar orbits of the satellites let them see nearly every part of Earth as it rotates below and receive signals from thousands of migrating animals. After the satellite gets the signal from the animal's transmitter, it relays the information to a ground station. The ground station then sends the information about the animal to the scientists, wherever they may be. Tracking migrating animals using satellites may help us figure out how to make their journeys as safe as possible and help them survive.


  • Geostationary Satellites GOES satellites provide the kind of continuous monitoring necessary for intensive data analysis. They circle the Earth in a geosynchronous orbit, which means they orbit the equatorial plane of the Earth at a speed matching the Earth's rotation. This allows them to hover continuously over one position on the surface. Because they stay above a fixed spot on the surface, they provide a constant vigil for the atmospheric "triggers" for severe weather conditions such as tornadoes, flash floods, hail storms, and hurricanes.


  • NOAA-N Information NOAA satellites are launched by NASA and maintained by NOAA after they are in place. Information about the newest NOAA satellite, NOAA-N, is available on this site. NOAA-N will collect information about Earth's atmosphere and environment to improve weather prediction and climate research across the globe. NOAA-N is the 15th in a series of polar-orbiting satellites dating back to 1978. NOAA uses two satellites, a morning and afternoon satellite, to ensure every part of the Earth is observed at least twice every 12 hours.

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