Andy C Watson

Let’s start with the background before we dive in and answer the questions ‘how does a satellite stay up in space?’ and ‘where does a satellite go after it dies?’. For starters, a satellite is anything that orbits something larger than itself. So, all of us Earth-dwellers (which will be […]

How Does A Satellite Stay Up In Space?

Back in March 1972, NASA launched Pioneer 10, the first space probe to complete a mission to the planet Jupiter and the first spacecraft to achieve escape velocity from our solar system. Carried on the space probe’s antenna support struts, in a position that would shield it from erosion by stellar dust, was a message […]

The Pioneer Plaque: A Message From Humankind