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 kids at. SPACE brings this unique workshop to our schools, with the enthralling experience of imaging Earth from a unique perspective of space.
During 4 Sally Ride 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.
- This project has been conducted by SPACE since 2012:
- SPACE has been conducting workshops since 2012, with multiple workshops in a year
- Workshops have been conducted in more than 150 schools
- Participation in about 30 EarthKAM Missions.
- Over 3000 stunning, high quality images received from student requests
- Locations including Volcanoes, national parks, cycles and tsunami hit areas etc. have been requested.
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