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“Adopt” a Piece of the Planet

NASA Adopt a PlanetIt’s hard to top NASA for an out-of-this-world way to celebrate Earth Day 2017. The space agency is inviting people from around the globe to virtually “adopt” one of 64,000 individual pieces of Earth as seen from space by one of its 18 Earth science instruments.

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Resource: Classroom on the Moon

GRAILNASA’s Gravity Recovery and Interior Laboratory (GRAIL) mission will launch twin spacecraft in tandem orbits around the Moon to measure its gravity in unprecedented detail and create a gravitational map. GRAIL MoonKAM will allow classrooms to request pictures of the lunar surface from cameras on the twin satellites.

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Feature: Unlimited Space

Aerospace - First Zero G2Many kids dream of exploring space, but few get much further than their schoolyards. This is not true of students in Tekna-Theos, a Florida after-school program bursting with science activities and contests. They’ve set their sights high, designing and building mini-satellites and preparing a payload to test the effect of weightlessness on bone cells. Some have actually experienced “Zero-G.”

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Website: NASA’s Astronomy Picture of the Day

grandprom_stereoNASA’s Astronomy Picture of the Day Website is a helpful resource originated, written, coordinated, and edited since 1995 by Robert Nemiroff and Jerry Bonnell. The APOD archive contains the largest collection of annotated astronomical images on the internet.

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Website: EROS Earth Satellite Images

The Center for Earth Resources Observation and Science (EROS) is a remotely sensed data management, systems development, and research field center for the U.S. Geological Survey, part of the U.S. Department of the Interior.

Teachers will find on the site aerial photography, satellite imagery, digitized maps and a vast image gallery, and well as online imaging programs such as EarthExplorer, the USGS Geographic Data Download, and the USGS Web Mapping Portal.

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Website: Students Photograph Earth from Space


NASA’s EarthKAM helps students learn about the Earth from the unique perspective of space. Through this interactive program, middle school students take part in photographing the Earth from a digital camera onboard the International Space Station. Educators are encouraged to register now for the upcoming April EarthKAM Mission.

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Website: Smithsonian’s Earth From Space

home_02_upThis online exhibit from the Smithsonian focuses on satellite images of the planet,with interactive pages on the categories: the living planet, water and air, structure of the land, the human presence, and satellite technology. Educators can also find a number of helpful lesson plans for different grade levels and online resources.

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