1. Celebrate NASA’s Amazing Technology and Earth Day 2018 at Union Station April 19-20!

Celebrate NASA’s Amazing Technology and Earth Day 2018 at Union Station April 19-20!

From virtual reality to space lasers, join NASA astronauts, scientists, and educators to see how NASA technology gives us a better understanding of our planet.

NASA 2018 Earth Day flyer

NASA uses some pretty cool technology to explore our planet. Virtual reality, space lasers, drones, and smartphone apps are just some of the many tools NASA uses or has developed to help better understand our Blue Marble. See for yourself, and join NASA scientists, educators, and astronauts - along with members of the Earth Science Data and Information System (ESDIS) Project - this Thursday and Friday, April 19 and 20, in Union Station’s Main Hall in Washington, D.C., to learn more about NASA’s amazing technology as part of the annual Earth Day celebration. Earth Day is observed worldwide every April 22 and seeks to broaden awareness of Earth and environmental protection.

The many scheduled activities during this free two-day event include your chance to meet a NASA astronaut and learn how astronauts protect themselves in space, presentations by NASA scientists using the innovative NASA Hyperwall video display, and lots of hands-on activities. Complete at least six activities and you’ll get a kit filled with fun and educational NASA items (such as a globe you can assemble!).

ESDIS Project team members will show you how to use the Worldview data visualization application to interactively explore your world your way. You’ll learn how easy it is to see almost 20 years of global Earth images collected by the Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) instrument aboard the Terra and Aqua satellites, and how to download the data behind the images (which also is really easy).

Other activities include a chance to use virtual reality to explore a NASA satellite and an opportunity to see the next generation of emerging technologies NASA is developing to answer questions about our changing world. Learn how NASA’s upcoming ICESat-2 mission will measure the height of the planet and the ways balloons (really BIG balloons) are used to understand Earth dynamics.

Digital Photo Booth

Put your best face forward at the digital photo booth and take home an image of yourself in space! Image from NASA’s Science Communications Support Office.

Be sure to take a break from all the hands-on activities to enjoy a few Hyperwall talks. Scheduled topics include NASA’s Black Marble: Striking Images of Earth at Night; Satellites, Ships, Shoes: Observing the Living Ocean From Above; Tracking Water From Space with NASA’s Gravity Satellite Missions; and Walking on Other Worlds Without Leaving Earth. And of course, don’t forget to have your picture taken at the digital photo booth!

Even if you can’t make it to Washington’s Union Station, you can still participate in Earth Day activities and learn how NASA technology supports scientific research and applications that aid in disaster response, help manage natural resources, and improve public health.

Starting on April 17 and continuing through April 21, go to www.nasa.gov/earthday to see stories, videos, and images of the wide range of NASA technologies. Do you use NASA technology? Share your experiences at #NASA4Earth. And, of course, you always can learn about the latest NASA technologies and how they are being used by visiting the NASA and Earthdata websites.

NASA maintains one of the largest Earth science data collections on the planet, with data collected 24/7 from Earth observing satellites, aircraft, and ground observations. These data are managed by NASA’s ESDIS Project and are yours to use! Check out the Earthdata website to learn how to discover and download these data using Earthdata Search and visualize these data using Worldview.

Mark your calendar and make plans to join NASA’s Earth observing team to celebrate Earth Day at Union Station this Thursday and Friday. For more information about NASA Earth Day activities or to learn more about NASA’s amazing technology, check out #NASA4Earth or NASA’s special Earth Day webpage.

Published April 17, 2018

Last Updated: Oct 18, 2019 at 12:46 PM EDT