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A satellite is any natural or artificial body that orbits a planet.

This term can be used to describe a natural body, such as a moon, or an artificial construction, such as communications satellites.

  • Artificial satellites are often used as a hallmark of a civilization's technological age.
  • They have a variety of uses, from defense capabilities, weather control, surveillance, and communication.

Fun Facts

  • Earth launched its first artificial satellite, Sputnik, in 1957.
  • By 2024, news services used satellite images to assess what was happening in Sanctuary District A during the Bell Riots.
  • As of 2154, Starfleet Operations operated a grid of satellites in Earth orbit, capable of picking up any transporter activity on the planet.