Eyes In The Sky: Are Satellites Invading Our Privacy?
get used to: to become familiar or comfortable with something over time
In 1957, the first satellite was launched into space. Fifty years later, in 2007, there were 912 of them in the sky. Today, there are over 6,900 satellites above us. SpaceX plans to increase its fleet to 42,000 in the next decade!
If you ever feel like you’re being watched, you’re probably right. Satellite cameras are advancing quickly. They can even record through clouds and at night.
The best satellite cameras can show small details, like the branches on trees or the colors of clothes people wear. We know this thanks to an accidental tweet by Donald Trump in 2019. It showed a failed Iranian rocket site with details as small as 10 centimeters. That’s about the size of a smartphone!
With all these eyes in the sky, some people worry about privacy. In a video on satellites, Alex McColgan says we will all have to get used to it. “It’s difficult to stop the flow of progress.”
Learn more in the video below.
1. At first, the noise of the city was overwhelming, but I quickly got used to it.
2. It’s hard to get used to waking up early for school after the long holiday.
3. When he adopted a puppy, it took a while to get used to the extra responsibility.