NASA’s Earth Observing Mission

Opens Saturday, May 28, 2016, 
In the Jhamandas Watumull Planetarium lobby

Everyone knows that NASA studies space; few people know that NASA also studies the Earth. Since the agency’s creation over fifty years ago, NASA has been a world leader in space-based studies of our home planet. That spirit continues today as NASA launches and operates an array of advanced Earth-observing satellites, many developed through international partnerships.

Interactive elements of the exhibit let you experiment with an infrared camera to see how NASA gathers various information by tracking different wavelengths of light or operate a robot arm in an attempt to repair a satellite. In the weather-tracking area, you can create high-and low-pressure zones as they spin storms across the Pacific. Also, learn how an orbiting object’s speed increases as it moves closer and closer to Earth in the gravity well interactive display for all ages.

A new Science on a Sphere program “Eyes on Island Earth,” shows daily in the Planetarium lobby as part of this exhibit.

The exhibit is funded by Bishop Museum’s 2012–16 NASA award Celestial Islands: Using NASA Earth Sciences to Reach Hawai‘i’s Educators and Students. Nasa’s Earth Observing Mission exhibit is part of NASA’s Competitive Program for Science Museums and Planetariums, an important tool by which NASA shares its work and its science content with school children and the general public.

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