We live our lives knowing that many satellites orbit our planet everyday, and that they are helping us in several ways. You might be surprised to know that there are almost 4,900 satellites orbiting the earth. The most obvious questions that come to mind are: Why are these satellites in totally different orbits? How does a satellite carry out all of its functions? And, what are the components inside them, which help them to accomplish all of their allotted tasks? Let's explore the answers to all these questions in detail.