Joining the worldwide Earth Day celebration April 22nd, NASA White Sands Test Facility joins NASA centers across America in celebrating the agency's contributions to understanding and protecting our environment.
The WSTF Sustainability Initiative Team (WSIT) will celebrate Earth Day from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Tuesday by focusing on ways the facility can decrease energy use. A WSIT booth on-site will share with personnel suggestions for carpooling, energy savings tips for home and work, and practical suggestions such as mending clothing rather than replacing. WSIT continues to explore opportunities to reduce WSTF's environmental impacts and challenges the WSTF community to choose "green" options whenever possible.
NASA Earth research missions study all aspects of our planet, from its oceans, land surfaces and atmosphere, to its biosphere and cryosphere. NASA is a world leader in studying the cause and effects of climate change now and in the future. NASA research contributes to improved air and water quality and promotes healthier lands and wildlife habitats. The agency operates dedicated Earth science spacecraft and conducts research with instruments aboard other national and international satellites. NASA plans several new missions in the next few years, with two launching in 2008. Decision makers around the world use NASA Earth science data to support policy making and resource management decisions.
With the world's largest contingent of dedicated Earth scientists and engineers, NASA will host interactive activities that span a variety of topics. NASA also will mark the 40th anniversary of the Apollo 8 Earthrise photograph, which was credited for inspiring environmental movements in the late 1960s and 1970s. Bill Anders, the Apollo 8 astronaut who took the famous "Earthrise" photo, will be available for live NASA Television interviews from 7 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. EDT on Earth Day. Joining Anders will be a NASA scientist to discuss present day NASA Earth science research.
NASA TV also will air a special hour-long High-Definition TV broadcast of Earth views taken in HD by astronauts on past space shuttle and space station missions. The HD broadcast will air on the morning of Friday, April 18, from 6 to 8 a.m. EDT, and replay during the same time on Monday, April 21. On Earth Day, the HD broadcast will air from 6 a.m. to 8 p.m. EDT. The footage also will be broadcast on standard NASA TV during the regular Video File hours those days. For information on how to receive the special HD broadcast, and information about NASA TV streaming video, downlink and scheduling, visit: http://www.nasa.gov/ntv
To commemorate Earth Day on NASA's Web site, http://www.nasa.gov, the agency will feature several new items, including the 10 most outstanding Earth views taken by astronauts aboard the space station.
Web features also will highlight a breathtaking series of nighttime images of city lights from orbit gathered by astronaut Don Pettit, who lived aboard the station in 2003. Pettit narrates the imagery, which he gathered using a special mechanism he developed to steady the camera and track cities as the station flew overhead at five miles per second. The site also will provide opportunities for visitors to share their opinions.