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Eyes on Earth
Picture of the entrance to the Eyes on Earth exhibit

Eyes on Earth is a new, highly interactive science exhibition that focuses on the EOS and examines how satellite observations are made and what we can learn about the Earth using space technology. Image Credit: OMSI and NASA

Eyes on Earth, a traveling exhibit on satellites, explains the science and technology of remote sensing using colorful panels and interactive activities.

Designed primarily for families and school groups (upper elementary and up), the exhibit requires 2,500 square feet of space and consists of three main areas:
  • Satellites -- Learn about the different components of a satellite, discover how scientists use NASA satellites to study Earth, and design your own satellite.

  • Orbits -- See how satellites are launched into orbit, follow a polar-orbiting satellite as it scans the entire surface of the Earth, and learn how a geostationary satellite seems to stand still.

  • Satellite Technology -- Explore how a radar altimeter measures ocean height and other characteristics, learn how infrared satellite images are created, understand the importance of the ozone layer, see the world from the eyes of a satellite, and view stunning images captured by NASA satellites.
Supplemental materials for exhibitors include an instruction manual, marketing kit and teachers guide.

Picture of the Hot or Not portion of the Eyes on Earth exhibit

This exhibit explores how satellites measure ocean temperature and create ocean maps by using pixels to create an image. Image Credit: OMSI and NASA

NASA's Earth Science Enterprise sponsored the development of Eyes on Earth. For more information, and to reserve the exhibit, please contact the Oregon Museum of Science and Industry's Traveling Exhibits department by phone at 503-797-4659, by e-mail at, or visit the Eyes On Earth Web site at

Published by Earth Science Enterprise