Galaxy Story

Tales of the Universe

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Satellites are launched by a rocket. They can either be put in orbit around the Earth, hundreds of kilometers above the ground, or be directed to a special target like for example the Moon, Saturn or even a comet.

Because constructing satellites is a difficult and expensive task, many European countries decided to get together and form the European Space Agency, where scientists from all over Europe work together to send new satellites to space that will reveal exciting mysteries about the Universe we live in.

Click on the thumbnail below to see the pathway of a rocket on its trip from the Earth to the Moon:

Flight to the Moon


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