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Earth from Space: A View from Above

January 15, 2013

It was 1967 when a NASA weather satellite captured the first color image of the earth from space. Since that time, images of our big, blue marble of a planet have fascinated mankind.

The National Museum of Nuclear Science & History will open a new exhibit on February 2, 2013, entitled Earth from Space that illustrates how satellite imagery is gathered and used to expand mankind’s understanding of life on earth. It also explores the remote-sensing technology used to gather the images and describes the individual satellites whose images are on display.

“The high-resolution images of geographic landscapes are presented through the scope of science and history,” says Greg Shuman, Deputy Director of the Museum.

The 20-poster set features colorful images from the swirling arms of a massive hurricane and the grid-like pattern of Kansas farmland to the triangular shadows cast by the Great Pyramids and the sinuous channels entering the Arctic Ocean. The beautifully detailed images provide clues about the nature of our planet and offer teachers opportunities to engage students in a broad array of science topics, including geography, environmental studies, ecology, oceanography and meteorology.

The exhibition was born of the popular and award-winning museum exhibition of the same title that premiered in November 2006 at the National Air and Space Museum. In 2007, it won a U.S. Geological Survey communications award for science content.

Earth from Space will be on view through April; the usual admission rates of $8 for adults and $7 for seniors and youth apply. A free preview will be held from 5:30 to 7:30 on Friday, February 1, at the Museum, in conjunction with a kick off event for the Museum’s 2013 Membership Matters Campaign. To RSVP, call 245-2137, extension 113.

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