The Internet Satellites – level 3

18-06-2020 07:00

It has been two weeks since Elon Musk´s spaceflight company, SpaceX, and NASA launched two astronauts into space, and SpaceX has already launched another rocket.

This is the 9th mission in support of the constellation of network of satellites, known as Starlink. This week, the rocket Falcon 9 carried 60 satellites into Earth´s orbit, which will help provide Internet services to people who are not yet connected. Musk hopes that the satellites will bring reliable and affordable Internet to remote areas on Earth.

However, several astronomers have raised concerns that the satellites could pass in front of telescopes, and they would obscure professional astronomical images. With the huge amount of about 50,000 new artificial satellites planned to be launched, this will inevitably affect astronomers´ work.

Difficult words: constellation (a large group of something such as stars), affordable (something that most people have enough money to buy), obscure (to keep something from being seen well), inevitably (certain to happen).

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