How Do Satellites Help Us?

There many types of satellites in orbit that have special jobs to make our lives better and safer here on Earth. Satellites fly high in the sky, so they can see large areas of Earth at one time. Satellites also have a clear view of space. That’s because they fly above Earth’s clouds and air.

Satellites provide information about Earth’s clouds, oceans, land and air. They also can observe wildfires, volcanoes and smoke. All this information helps scientists predict weather and climate. It helps farmers know what crops to plant. It helps control the spread of disease. And it helps with response to emergencies.

Satellites also tell us a lot about space. Some watch for dangerous rays coming from the sun. Some explore stars, planets, asteroids and comets.