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Space Probes and Satellites

Chapter 14 Sixth Grade Science Exploring Space
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Cindy Mullikin

on 27 September 2016

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Transcript of Space Probes and Satellites

Space Probes and Satellites
Satellites
What is a space probe?
A space probe is any
unmanned
craft which is sent into space to do
research
. There are 3 basic types:
flybys
,
orbiters
, and
landers
.

Sputnik 1 was the first probe to go into space.
It was launched on Oct. 4, 1957, by the former Soviet Union. It was about the size of a beach ball. It sent signals back to Earth for about
3 weeks
and orbited for
3 months
until it fell back to Earth and burned at re-entry.
Fortunately, space probes have really advanced over the years.
Voyager 1
One of the most famous probes is
Voyager 1
. It has traveled further in space than any human-made object. It launched into space in
1977
. Voyager 1 flew past
Jupiter
and
Saturn
and then headed for the edge of our solar system. It has traveled over
11 billion miles
. It will leave our solar system this year.
Curiosity (arrived August 2012, still active)
Opportunity (arrived January 2004, still active)
Spirit (arrived January 2004, last transmission March 2010)
Mars Pathfinder (arrived July 1997, last transmission Sept 1997)
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