10 Years on This Earth
On September 8, 2010, NASA's Earth Science Picture of the Day website celebrated 10 years of 'impressing site visitors . . . with vibrant imagery from around the globe . . . highlighting the diverse physical processes and phenomena that shape our planet.'
The website, which features beautiful imagery accompanied by informative captions, is a great resource for scientists and educators looking to ignite enthusiasm for earth science among students and the public.
Artists and scientists from around the world contribute images taken with tools as simple as camera phones and as sophisticated as satellites. The pictures are collected and stored by NASA, creating a wonderful archive that illustrates the 'features and physical processes within the Earth system.'
Dr. Jim Foster, a NASA Physical Scientist who's been a major contributor since the website was launched, observes that 'Viewers from around the world are sharing their photos, some impromptu, some planned, permitting us to observe the Earth from near and afar and to perhaps appreciate its complexities a bit more.'
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Take a Picture: Win a Camcorder
Here's how you can help celebrate the website's anniversary: NASA has launched an 'Earth Science in Action' classroom contest. The agency has invited high school teachers across the country to encourage students to create or photograph images that explain the science of the earth.
Subject matter can come from coursework, such as lab experiments, fieldwork or visualizations from earth science homework. Entries can also come from the world around us, including land, water, air, ice, life or unusual phenomena.
The contest is a great way to get students excited about earth science, and it comes with a prize; students submitting the top five entries will win a Sony Bloggie High-Definition Digital Camcorder for their classrooms.
To be eligible, students must be in grades 9-12. Teachers are asked to submit the best two entries from their classrooms by the October 31, 2010 deadline. You can get more information about the contest on the website.