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Photo Credits

Many thanks to Flickr and the fine photographers who took and shared the pictures you see in these books. We only use pictures that have been shared with the Creative Commons license and those with no known copyright. You may click on photo credits link in any book to link to the pages on Flickr for the photos. Of course, the pictures remain the property of photographers who took them and all the restrictions they placed on their use still apply.

If you object to the use of your pictures in these books for kids with disabilities, just let me know and I’ll take the book down.

To see the credits for any book, click the Settings  menu in the upper right and select More, the link will be near the bottom of that page.

Space Junk

Click on the links below to go to the Flickr page for each photograph.

 Flickr We live on a planet called Earth.
 Flickr Earth has one natural satellite. This satellite is called the moon.
 Flickr The moon moves around the Earth. We can see it in the sky at night.
 Flickr In 1957 we made our own satellite. The first satellite was called Sputnik. It travelled up into space.
 Flickr Sputnik moved around the Earth. It stayed up in the sky for four months. Then it fell back to Earth.
 Flickr People were very excited that we could make a satellite.
 Flickr People started to think of different things for satellites to do.
 Flickr In 1959 we made a weather satellite. There are many weather satellites now.
 Flickr Weather satellites help us to know if it is going to rain. They help us to know if it is going to be hot or cold.
 Flickr In 1962 we made the first telecommunications satellite. There are many telecommunications satellites now.
 Flickr Telecommunication satellites help us to send phone calls. They send television signals around the world.
 Flickr In 1990 we went up a satellite with a telescope. It helps us look at space.
 Flickr We have 24 satellites that talk to your mobile phone to help you get maps and directions.
 Flickr Today, in 2020, we have sent up nearly 10,000 satellites.
 Flickr Some of the satellites we have sent up are still working. Some of them don’t work anymore. And every year we send more.
 Flickr Satellites are getting smaller and cheaper.
 Flickr There are now so many satellites around our planet.
 Flickr In 2020 there are about 6000 satellites still in space. Only 3000 of them are working.
 Flickr People are worried that we are putting rubbish into space.
 Flickr They call this rubbish space junk.
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