50 years in the making, NASA celebrates Earth Day

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As Earth Day turns 50, NASA is throwing an online celebration with a week of online and live events, stories, and resources about contributions to sustaining and improving the planet.

Despite in-person NASA activities not being possible this year, the international space agency is harnessing virtual communication to offer real-time and visually spectacular content in support of the cause. NASA’s Earth Day 2020 blog features activities for families and school-age children, demonstrations and talks from NASA space and climate scientists, jet orbit presentations, a meet with former astronaut Scott Altman, and a real-time visualisation of the universe using satellite imagery.

Yesterday’s Earth Day episode, NASA Science Live, featured NASA experts on the role of science and tech to understand and improve the environment. Touching on the latest planetary discoveries, advances in eco tech and rockets, and mapping technology, viewers are being equipped with knowledge and ways to interact with and help the earth, from home.

NASA also has an online “Adopt the Planet” activity, where the public are invited to learn about our global environment by officially adopting a small part of planet earth.

Every year, several New Zealand students win scholarships to study as NASA. You can view the vlogs of last year’s winners here.

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