Images of Satellites That Orbit Planet Earth!

Thousands of satellites are whizzing over our heads all day every day and have changed life on Earth. Many are used for communication, TV, GPS and some are used for scientific research. NASA has many satellites in orbit, the most famous being the Hubble Space Telescope and International Space Station! Become an explorer by viewing this amazing selection of images, some of the best ever taken, of the satellites orbiting Earth (kind of like little man-manned moons!) and visit the Satellites page to learn fun facts about each!

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Satellites (Artificial Moons)

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Sputnik 1 - The Soviet Union launched into an elliptical low Earth orbit on 4 October 1957 the first artificial Earth satellite.
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Satellites - Earth Observations

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Earth Science Missions - No planet is better studied than the one we actually live on with NASA's fleet of 18 Earth science missions in space. (Image Credit: NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center/Matthew R. Radcliff)
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The Hubble Space Telescope Satellite

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Hubble's Launch - Discovery lifts off from Pad 39-B carrying a crew of five and the Hubble Space Telescope. (Image Credit: NASA)
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The International Space Station

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Comparison - The size of the completed International Space Station to that of an American football field. (Image Credit: NASA)
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