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NASA Celebrates Earth Day 2010 on the National Mall
04.16.10
 
Africa This image of Africa is one of a series of detailed images from Blue Marble: Next Generation, released by NASA in 2007. Image Credit: NASA/Earth Observatory
NASA is taking part in the celebration of Earth Day's fortieth anniversary on the National Mall in Washington beginning Saturday, April 17. The agency's involvement is much expanded over previous years and includes 9 consecutive days of activities and exhibits open to the public.

The 'NASA Village,' which contains three domed tents, will highlight the use of NASA science and technology to advance knowledge and awareness about our home planet and sustain our environment. The area is located on the Mall one block west of 12th Street and the Smithsonian Metro station entrance. On the weekend of April 17-18, a performance stage at 12th Street will also feature NASA presentations along with a wide variety of entertainment organized by the Earth Day Network.

The Science Tent which will host exhibits and hands-on demonstrations. The Cinema Tent will feature multimedia presentations by NASA scientists and others. The Technology Tent will present exhibits and demonstrations on a wide range of NASA environmental technologies.

Below is a complete list of NASA Earth Day events on the Mall. All times are EDT. For information about other Earth Day activities on the Mall, visit:

http://www.earthday.org/arts/schedule


Saturday, April 17
10:30 a.m. – NASA Village ribbon-cutting ceremony
11 a.m. – Earth Day on the Mall opening ceremony: Kathleen Rogers (Earth Day Network) and Jack Kaye (NASA). 12th Street Stage
11 a.m. - 5 p.m. - NASA Village open with presentations, exhibits and demonstrations
11: 10 a.m. - Bella Gaia (Beautiful Earth) performance, Kenji Williams. 12th Street Stage
11:30 a.m. – Extreme Ice Survey, James Balog. 12th Street Stage
12:30 p.m. - Bella Gaia (Beautiful Earth) performance, Kenji Williams. Cinema Tent
12:30 p.m. - Observing the Climate System, Compton Tucker (NASA Goddard Space Flight Center). 12th Street Stage
1:30 p.m. – Climate Change: What’s Really Happening? Peter Hildebrand (NASA Goddard Space Flight Center). Cinema Tent
2:30 p.m. – Extreme Ice Survey, James Balog. Cinema Tent
2:50 p.m. – Polar Ice: State of the Science, Tom Wagner (NASA Headquarters). 12th Street Stage
3:05 p.m. – NASA’s Eyes on the Earth 3D, Kevin Hussey (NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory). 12th Street Stage
3:30 p.m. – Clouds: The View from Space, Steve Platnick (NASA Goddard Space Flight Center). Cinema Tent

Sunday, April 18
11 a.m. - 5 p.m. - NASA Village open with presentations, exhibits, and demonstrations
11 a.m. – NASA’s Eyes on the Earth 3D, Kevin Hussey (NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory). Cinema Tent
11:25 a.m. – Extreme Ice Survey, James Balog. 12th Street Stage
11: 45 a.m. - Bella Gaia (Beautiful Earth) performance, Kenji Williams. 12th Street Stage
1 p.m. – NASA Earth Day Tweetup (pre-registration required). Cinema Tent
1:30 p.m. – Extreme Ice Survey, James Balog. Cinema Tent
1:45 p.m. – NASA’s Eyes on the Earth 3D, Kevin Hussey (NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory). 12th Street Stage
2:30 p.m. – Protecting Forests Sucks Up Carbon Dioxide from the Atmosphere, Compton Tucker (NASA Goddard Space Flight Center). Cinema Tent
3:30 p.m. – Our Changing Planet, Rob Simmon (NASA’s Earth Observatory). Cinema Tent
4:15 p.m. - Bella Gaia (Beautiful Earth) performance, Kenji Williams. Cinema Tent
5 p.m. – Polar Ice: State of the Science, Tom Wagner (NASA Headquarters). 12th Street Stage

Monday, April 19
11 a.m. - 5 p.m. - NASA Village open with exhibits and demonstrations
11:30 a.m.- NASA’s Eyes on the Earth 3D, Kevin Hussey (NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory). Cinema Tent
12:30 p.m. – Our Changing Planet, Rob Simmon (NASA’s Earth Observatory). Cinema Tent

Tuesday, April 20
11 a.m. - 2 p.m. - NASA Village open with exhibits and demonstrations
11:30 a.m. – Tropical Glaciers: High, Cold and Shrinking, Compton Tucker (NASA Goddard Space Flight Center). Cinema Tent
12:30 p.m. – Water, Water, Everywhere: Observing the Hydrologic Cycle from Space, John Bolten (NASA Goddard Space Flight Center). Cinema Tent
1:30 p.m. - Bella Gaia (Beautiful Earth) performance, Kenji Williams. Cinema Tent

Wednesday, April 21
11 a.m. - 2 p.m. - NASA Village open with exhibits and demonstrations
12:30 p.m. – What Are the Poles Telling Us? Maurice Henderson (NASA Goddard Space Flight Center). Cinema Tent
1:30 p.m.- NASA’s Eyes on the Earth 3D, Kevin Hussey (NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory). Cinema Tent

Thursday, April 22
11 a.m. - 5 p.m. - NASA Village open with exhibits and demonstrations
11 a.m. - 2 p.m. – Student Day in the NASA Village: activities with area middle and high school students
11 a.m. – Climate Change: Why We Should Care, Ralph Kahn (NASA Goddard Space Flight Center). Cinema Tent
11:20 a.m. – Into the Wild: NASA Studies the Siberian Forests, Jon Ranson (NASA Goddard Space Flight Center). Cinema Tent
11:40 a.m. – Climate Change: Why We Should Care, Ralph Kahn (NASA Goddard Space Flight Center). Cinema Tent
12 p.m.- NASA’s Eyes on the Earth 3D, Kevin Hussey (NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory). Cinema Tent
12:20 p.m. – Doing Science in Antarctica, Thorsten Markus (NASA Goddard Space Flight Center). Cinema Tent
12:40 p.m. – The Volcanic Ash Threat: Protecting Aviation with NASA Satellites, John Murray (NASA Langley Research Center). Cinema Tent

Friday, April 23
11 a.m. - 2 p.m. - NASA Village open with exhibits and demonstrations
11:30 a.m. – Tropical Glaciers: High, Cold and Shrinking, Compton Tucker (NASA Goddard Space Flight Center). Cinema Tent
12:30 p.m. – Climate Change: What’s Really Happening, Peter Hildebrand (NASA Goddard Space Flight Center). Cinema Tent
1:30 p.m. – NASA: Extreme Remote Sensing, Michelle Thaller (NASA Goddard Space Flight Center). Cinema Tent

Saturday, April 24
11 a.m. - 5 p.m. - NASA Village open with exhibits and demonstrations
11:30 a.m. – Climate Change: What’s Really Happening, Peter Hildebrand (NASA Goddard Space Flight Center). Cinema Tent
12:30 p.m. – Clouds: The View from Space, Steve Platnick (NASA Goddard Space Flight Center). Cinema Tent
1:30 p.m. – Is the Sun Becoming Active Again? Bob Cahalan (NASA Goddard Space Flight Center). Cinema Tent
2:30 p.m. – Climate Change: Why We Should Care, Ralph Kahn (NASA Goddard Space Flight Center). Cinema Tent
3:30 p.m. – The Volcanic Ash Threat: Protecting Aviation with NASA Satellites, John Murray (NASA Langley Research Center). Cinema Tent

Sunday, April 25
10 a.m. - 5 p.m. - NASA Village open with exhibits and demonstrations