Sally Ride EarthKAM is an international educational programme of NASA through which students can receive stunning images of Earth from a digital camera mounted at a nadir pointing window in the International Space Station (ISS). This programme was started by Dr. Sally Ride, first American woman in space and was originally called KidSat. SPACE brings this unique workshop to our schools, with the enthralling experience of imaging Earth from a unique perspective of space.
During the EarthKAM missions each year, SPACE holds workshops where students are guided by educators to select locations of geographical and environmental interest, based on weather and orbit checking, and through a software interface submit requests which are sent to ISS. ISS captures images of the locations, and makes high quality images available for download. Images have been taken of regions of interest in geography, environment, ecology and natural disasters.
Students learn about ISS, and how to select regions based on climactic and environmental importance. This is a multidisciplinary project and students learn about software and additional skills. Schools are privileged to join in a NASA outreach programme simultaneously with schools around the world.
The second Sally Ride EarthKAM Mission of the year 2017, to click geographical locations on planet Earth from the camera mounted on the International Space Station, will be conducting at different locations in its partner locations including, Chennai, Delhi-NCR, Dehradun, Ludhiana, Meerut and Surat from April 3-7.