1. Celebrate the 46th Annual Earth Day with NASA at Union Station, April 21 & 22!

Celebrate the 46th Annual Earth Day with NASA at Union Station, April 21 & 22!

Join NASA at Washington's Union Station April 21 & 22 to celebrate Earth Day!

News Date: 4/18/2016

Josh Blumenfeld, EOSDIS Science Writer

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Along with the Hyperwall, NASA Earth Day activities will take place throughout the Main Level of Union Station, including inside NASA's 30-foot Earth tent. NASA image.

Join NASA astronauts, scientists, and educators at Washington’s Union Station April 21 and 22 to celebrate Earth Day. NASA events take place from 9:30am to 5pm in the station’s Main Level and are open to the public.

This year’s Earth Day event features almost 20 activities designed to increase your knowledge about the world around you. If it has been a while since you made an ultraviolet (UV) radiation detection bracelet or created a cloud in a bottle, now is your chance! Staff from NASA’s Earth Science Data and Information System (ESDIS) Project will be on hand to see if you are a “Super Sleuth,” and able to identify Earth features in images from NASA’s Earth observing missions by following fun and challenging clues. Throughout the two-day event, NASA scientists and educators will present amazing animations using NASA’s cutting-edge Hyperwall and will be your guides as you participate in numerous hands-on activities related to Earth processes.

Other scheduled activities and events include:

  • A 3D visualization that lets you “fly along” with NASA’s Earth science missions and observe climate data from a global perspective
  • A digital photo booth where you can get your face in space and leave with a cool NASA science image
  • The opportunity to meet and get an autograph from a NASA astronaut on April 22

NASA’s ESDIS Project is responsible for managing more than 15 Petabytes of NASA Earth science data, which you can access through the Earthdata website. These data are acquired 24/7 from field observations, aircraft, and a fleet of Earth observing satellites. The ESDIS Project is part of NASA’s Earth Observing System Data and Information System (EOSDIS), which is a key core capability in NASA’s Earth Science Data Systems (ESDS) Program.

Earth Day is celebrated every April 22, and seeks to broaden awareness of the Earth and environmental protection. For more information about NASA Earth Day activities at Washington’s Union Station, check out NASA’s Earth Observing System website at http://eospso.nasa.gov/content/join-nasa-earth-day. A complete list of Earth Day 2016 activities across the U.S. and around the world is available on the Earth Day Network website at http://www.earthday.org/earth-day/.

Last Updated: Jun 28, 2017 at 1:39 PM EDT