How Weather Data Is Collected
An artist's drawing of satellites in orbit around Earth

The information in this video was accurate as of the original publication date.

Audience: Educators and Students
Grades: K-8
Year: 2002


This video segment explores the different types of weather satellites and how they stay in orbit. The segment is part of the NASA SCIFiles program, which features the Tree House Detectives, a group of young students who work together to solve everyday problems. In this segment, the detectives visit a science museum and learn that weather satellites stay in orbit because of Earth's gravitational pull. The students also learn the difference between geostationary and polar orbiting satellites.

How Weather Data Is Collected
Duration: 2 minutes 58 seconds
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This video clip is part of the NASA SCIence Files™ The Case of the Phenomenal Weather DVD that may be ordered from the Central Operation of Resources for Educators, or CORE  →.

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Learning About Clouds and How They Are Formed
Air Pressure and Tropical Storms
Experiencing the Energy of Hurricane Force Winds
Can the Size of Tropical Storms Be Predicted?
Hurricane Hunters: The Work of Weather Reconnaissance
Hurricane Andrew Survivors Describe Their Experience
Predicting the Probability of Tornadoes and Hurricanes
Dr. Textbook Explains the History of Hurricane Research
How Scientists Predict Hurricanes Today