Earth Science

NASA Earth Science Is Live!

At sea, in the air, and on the ground, NASA scientists will be working hard to study regions of critical change, in ways that satellites simply can't. Your classroom can connect with NASA to keep pace with the latest discoveries. There are eight major Earth expeditions that will be underway around the globe in 2016.

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Created 2016.04.21
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Earth Day 2016

Connect with NASA this Earth Day using the hashtag #24Seven to share your Earth Day celebrations and see the work that NASA does every day for our home planet. Find activities to include in your Earth Day event.

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Created 2016.04.15
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The Van Allen Belts

On January 31, 1958, America launched its first Earth satellite. Explorer-1, equipped with a cosmic-ray detector, made a tremendous, unexpected discovery- the presence of a belt of charged particles trapped in space by the Earth’s magnetic field.

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Created 2016.02.02
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Weather Wrecker: Teaching El Niño

The strongest El Niño event in decades is making headlines and your students have likely heard about this phenomenon, though they may not know what causes it or what impact it may have.

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Created 2016.01.04
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Carbon Cycle

On November 12, 2015, NASA released cutting-edge visualizations related to one of Earth's key cyclical flows of energy and matter: the carbon cycle. As global atmospheric carbon increases, the carbon cycle will play a leading role in the future of climate. Give your students a front-row seat to the frontiers of science by bringing these visualizations into the classroom with the help of NASA Wavelength.

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Created 2015.11.06
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Earth Science Week Blog Reading Strategies Guide

Written by Cassie Soeffing and Liz Burck, IGES

In celebration of Earth Science Week’s theme of Visualizing Earth Systems, NASA scientists, visualizers and others affiliated with NASA Earth science agreed to share their research and expertise in blog posts. Their blogs feature the latest in the creation and scientific utilization of visualizations.

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Created 2015.10.14
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Earth Day Celebrations

This year, the 45th anniversary of Earth Day, found students engaged with NASA science like never before. Students of all ages on field trips made their way to the National Mall and Union Station to participate in hands-on science activities with NASA scientists and educators. The general public, too, enjoyed the opportunity to stop and learn more about our home planet, straight from the experts.

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Created 2015.05.05
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The Making of an Icon: Earthrise

The image known as Earthrise, perhaps the most famous photograph of the Earth from space, documents the moment when our planet was seen for the first time by human eyes as it rose above the horizon of another world. A new visualization recreates the event surrounding the capture of this iconic image.

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Created 2015.03.19
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Authentic Data, Authentic Learning! Part 2: Earth Science

With NASA's comprehensive constellation of Earth-observing satellites, it should come as no surprise that there is a great deal of Earth science data available through Wavelength for use by educators. This blog post explores some of the excellent Earth science related educational resources available.

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Created 2015.02.17
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Your Students Can Fly Along With NASA Scientists

When you ask students about the work done by NASA, they will tell you about scientists exploring the moon, planets, stars, and galaxies, but often will never mention exploring planet Earth. The fact that NASA studies our home planet from space, from airplanes, and from the ground is often surprising to students. As an education specialist for the NASA Airborne Science Program, my job is to get this message out and to connect students directly to our airborne missions around the world.

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Created 2014.09.09
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