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  • Authored by: Joseph A. Angelo, Jr.
  • From the Series: Frontiers in Space
  • Trim Size: 7-3/8 x 9-1/4
  • ISBN-10: 0816057729
  • ISBN-13: 978-0-8160-5772-6
  • Status: In Stock
  • List Price: $45.00
  • Imprint: Facts On File
  • Published: 09/01/2006
  • Dewey Number: 629.46
  • Reading Level: Grades 9 and up
  • Pages: 336


Modern Earth-orbiting satellites are sophisticated machines that have transformed all aspects of human civilization from communications and navigation to defense, to global monitoring and intelligent stewardship of our planet. Satellites is a compelling examination of the evolution of these spacecraft from the speculative writings of visionaries in the 19th century to the incredibly sophisticated platforms that have transformed every aspect of modern life.

Using space technology to convey fundamental principles of mathematics, biology, chemistry, physics, and environmental science, Satellites has been carefully crafted to help students and teachers discover what Earth-orbiting spacecraft are, where they came from, how they work, and why they are so important. This approach will help students and teachers better appreciate science and engineering in a global context.

Chapters include:

  • From Sputnik 1 to Aura
  • How a Satellite Works
  • Satellites Come in All Shapes and Sizes
  • Military Satellites
  • Weather Satellites
  • Communication Satellites
  • Navigation Satellites
  • Satellites as Scientific Observatories
  • Fundamentals of Remote Sensing
  • Earth-Observing Spacecraft
  • Earth System Science and Global Change.


Black-and-white photographs and line illustrations. Index. Glossary. Chronology. Further reading. Sidebars. Web sites.

About the Author(s)

Joseph A. Angelo Jr., has a Ph.D. in nuclear engineering from the University of Arizona, and is currently an adjunct professor of physics at Rollins College. He served with distinction as a commissioner for the governor of Florida’s Commission on Space and is the author of several books for Facts On File.

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