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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.

Presidents Day Camp - February 19

The National Museum of Nuclear Science & History will host "Eureka: Simple Machines & Physics Edition" on February 19 for Presidents Day. In this one-day break from school, students 6-12 years old will build super structures using their own creativity, basic design principles and simple machines. They will also learn about the properties of building shapes and materials through hands-on experimentation.

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Discover STEM Day - Saturday, February 10

On Saturday, February 10, from 10 am to 3 pm, the National Museum of Nuclear Science & History will welcome families and Scouts for a day of engineering fun! Visitors will experience the finest in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM). All activities are kid-friendly, completely interactive and designed to spark interest in the scientific fields of science and engineering.

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Einstein Gala - Saturday, March 31

The Einstein Gala is New Mexico’s biggest science party of the year! This prestigious black-tie event is the Museum’s most important fundraising event and features a cocktail reception with an amazing silent auction filled with the most unique items in Albuquerque, a delicious dinner experience among some of the most brilliant minds in science and history and thrilling entertainment featuring science experiments that will knock your socks off!

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