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Build It Yourself: Satellite! Game

Scope It Out

You get to be the scientist in the "Build It Yourself: Satellite!" game!

Choose what science your satellite will be used to study, and then decide what wavelengths, instruments, and optics will help you learn the most about the science you've chosen. After you launch your satellite, you'll see what it looks like, and learn what real mission has data similar to the one you created. You'll discover a large range of astronomical missions, dating from the 1980s to today. (The James Webb Space Telescope is being built now!)

This game requires FLASH 9 or higher. The game will open in a separate window or tab. Please allow it to open. The game is in two sizes - please choose the smaller version if you have a smaller monitor. We have provided a small toggle button in the top left corner of the game (marked with an H) to allow you to change the quality of the graphics. If you have a slower computer, this may be helpful.

for larger monitors

for smaller monitors

Hints: As you make your choices, consider what science topics and wavelengths may be complementary. The number of options you will be allowed to be choose will be limited so you'll have to try to make the best decisions you can based on the parameters of the level you are playing. Sometimes there will be options that are grayed out and unavailable to choose. This because they may not be scientifically or technologically viable choices.

You can change what you have chosen at any time up to launch by using the back and forward buttons, and clicking on an icon will either select or deselect it. Be careful with your choices - if you try to combine too many uncomplimentary things, your satellite might end up a mess! You might want to start with a smaller mission on Level 1 and work your way up to the larger missions of Level 3. Good luck!

Send us feedback on the game!

Transcripts of the game (pdfs):
Satellite Options
Level 1 Science Results
Level 2 Science Results
Level 3 Science Results

Want to run "Build-It-Yourself: Satellite!" on a kiosk at your exhibit, museum, observatory, or university? Simply download these files, and then open the html file in a browser. The game will reset to the main screen if the game is left unattended, and is sized 1024x786, though that can be altered. (Please note, the game is in Flash and will not work on iPad or iPhone.)

Download a wallpaper of the game art for your home computer!
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Try our other game, Scope It Out!