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NASA Celebrates Earth Science Week
Celebrate Earth Science Week 2003
Earth Science Week 2003: Monitoring Our Changing World

NASA's participation in Earth Science Week, October 12-18, is highlighted by several activities that promote this year's theme, "Eyes on Planet Earth: Monitoring our Changing World." Earth Science Week is organized by the American Geological Institute (AGI) and its member societies on behalf of the geoscience community.

Earth Science Week on NASA TV

NASA TV is celebrating Earth Science Week with a variety of shows for all ages that focus on various aspects of our home planet. "Our Home: Earth From Space" (airs October 14) introduces high school students to Earth system science, while "The Case of the Wacky Water Cycle" (airs October 17) teaches kids in grades 3-5 how water flows through the Earth system. For the musically inclined, "Earth Symphony" entertains students and adults with pictures of satellite imagery and footage from Shuttle flights set to a musical background.

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NASA CONNECT is an annual series of integrated math, science and technology instructional education programs for students in grades 6-8. Each program has three components - a 30-minute television broadcast, an educator guide describing a hands-on activity, and an interactive Web activity. On October 16, NASA CONNECT debuts its newest program, "Virtual Earth," which focuses on NASA researchers and scientists using data analysis and measurement to better understand the Earth system and its response to natural and human-induced changes. NASA CONNECT airs on NASA TV, participating PBS stations, Channel One, and many cable access channels.

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NASA invites K-12 students to collect and report Earth observations for two year-round field campaigns, both of which are conducting special observation periods during Earth Science Week. S'COOL, which stands for Students' Cloud Observations On-line, will host an intensive cloud observation period. Meanwhile, GLOBE invites both member and non-member schools to collect soil moisture data for its soil moisture campaign.

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NASA Lithographs

Get Adobe Acrobat Reader Image NASA has made available a new set of lithographs related to the theme of this year's Earth Science Week. "Urban Growth in the Baltimore-Washington Corridor" (pdf) "Low Water in Lake Mead" (pdf) and "Birth of a Large Iceberg in Pine Island Bay, Antarctica" (pdf) all illustrate how satellites allow us to monitor our changing planet. Each lithograph contains colorful imagery and explanatory text. In addition to being available online in PDF format, the lithographs are also included as part of AGI's Earth Science Week packet.

Other Resources

Multimedia products and internet resources related to the theme of this year's Earth Science Week can be found at:

Also, check out NASA's list of Earth system science education resources for elementary through college level, including classroom activities, Web sites, videos, CD-ROMS, posters and more:

For more information on S'COOL, please visit:

For more information on GLOBE, please visit:

Or, read "Measurements That Matter," a feature article on the S'COOL and GLOBE campaigns available through the NASA portal feature article archives.

To learn more about all the Earth Science Week activities, and order the Earth Science Week packet, please visit: