Monitors troposphere

Figure 6.2 One of the uses of the Space Shuttle is to launch satellites into orbit around Earth. The satellites are carried into space by the shuttle and released through the cargo doors via a robotic arm. (Photo: NASA)

observatories, such as Skylab, Mir, and the International Space Station, are the largest and most complicated of all scientific satellites. Many types of instruments can be built into each one.

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