How do satellites map volcanic ash clouds?
Cooking a comet - VIDEO Using party ice, water and charcoal, Rosetta Mission engineer Warwick Holmes and University of Waikato’s John Little create a model of a comet in front of a live audience.
Landing the Philae - VIDEO Avionics engineer Warwick Holmes worked on the Rosetta Mission. He explains how they planned the landing of the Philae and what actually happened.
To catch a comet: The Rosetta Mission. Find out about the remarkable mission to land a probe on a speeding comet.
Satellites measure sea ice thickness
Key Terms This resource provides explanations of the key concepts encountered when exploring Satellites – the ‘basics’ that every student should understand.
Alternative conceptions about gravity
Space junk – or orbital debris – is a term used for all of the objects orbiting the Earth that were created by humans but no longer serve a useful purpose.
SPOTTING SATELLITES: In this activity, students use web-based resources (including apps) to help them spot and learn more about artificial satellites as they move across the sky.
The size, orbit and design of a satellite depend on its purpose. In this interactive, scientists discuss the functions of various satellites and orbits.