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 examines the evolution of these spacecrafts 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; and Earth System Science and Global Change.
Full Product DetailsAuthor: Joseph A. Angelo
Publisher: Facts On File Inc
Imprint: Facts On File Inc
Dimensions: Width: 18.70cm , Height: 2.60cm , Length: 23.50cm
ISBN 10: 0816057729
Publication Date: 15 December 2006
Audience: Primary & secondary/elementary & high school , College/higher education , Secondary , Tertiary & Higher Education
Publisher's Status: Active
Availability: In Print
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A more comprehensive, better-written treatment of th[ese] topic[s] would be hard to match...a must-have for any science classroom or school library.
Joseph A. Angelo, Jr., has a Ph.D. in nuclear engineering from the University of Arizona, and is currently an adjunct professor in the College of Engineering at Florida Tech. He served with distinction as a commissioner for the governor of Florida's Commission on Space in 1987-88. Angelo is the author of Facts On File's Encyclopedia of Space Exploration, The Facts On File Dictionary of Space Technology, The Facts On File Space and Astronomy Handbook, and Encyclopedia of Space and Astronomy.
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