Satellite Puzzles

Catalog #: 025-06-0005
Parent Exhibit: A View From Space
Description: Two large floor puzzles help to make the topic of satellites accessible to families and young visitors. One compares the size of satellites to every day objects, such as a beach ball or a mini-van, while the other reveals the inner workings of NASA’s Aqua satellite. The size of a satellite depends on its mission and the number of sensors it carries. The largest satellite shown on the puzzle, Terra, has five different sensors, used to measure and map various characteristics of the Earth’s lands, oceans, and atmosphere. Sputnik was the first satellite, successfully launched into orbit by the former Soviet Union in 1957. The only instrument aboard this small satellite was a thermometer. Key message: Satellites can be big or small; there are many different parts to a satellite. Student Challenge: How big is the largest satellite in the puzzle? The smallest? Why do you think most satellites have solar panels?
Approximate Component Dimensions: H 3 inches | W 20 inches | D 16 inches
Site Requirements
Power Required: No
Powered From: N/A
Air Pressure: N/A
Special Notes: Bilingual

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