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Public Invited to Two Free Earth Day 2012 Events at NASA Goddard
NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Md. is hosting two free events on April 18 in celebration of Earth Day's forty-second anniversary. Both events will take place at the NASA Goddard Visitor's Center on IceSat Road, Greenbelt, Md.

Wednesday, April 18

12 p.m. EDT -- Talk and Visuals: "The Next Generation Blue Marble from Suomi NPP"

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NASA's famous "Blue Marble" image. Credit: NASA, Rob Simmons
Often cited as the most-viewed photograph of all time, the view of Earth's disk from Apollo 17 is emblematic of our home planet as an isolated blue marble. Despite the ubiquity of the Blue Marble, few people realize NASA has viewed the Earth since the agency's creation. In this talk Rob Simmon of NASA's Earth Observatory will discuss the history of NASA's evolving views of Earth, from the first weather satellites to the latest climate missions, from the orbit of Mercury to the edge of the Solar System. He will also describe the techniques used to build images that simulate the view from space, including cloud-free global composites and a picture of the Eastern Hemisphere from NASA and NOAA's newest Earth-observing mission, Suomi NPP. Speaker: Robert Simmon, NASA's Earth Observatory
Length: 20 minutes

1 - 2 p.m. EDT -- See the broadcast presentation titled: "Beautiful Earth Multimedia Performance and Science Dialogue," on a big screen at the NASA Goddard Visitor Center Auditorium.

NASA Digital Learning Network celebrated Earth Day and joined musician/artist Kenji Williams for a special performance of "Bella Gaia" (Beautiful Earth) on Monday, April 19, 2010. "Bella Gaia" is a "living atlas" multimedia journey of our planet and combines stunning perspectives of Earth from space with Williams' original and eclectic score. UMBC cryospheric scientist Christopher Shuman joined Williams on Earth Day to give a first-hand look at a changing Antarctica. Shuman discussed what it is like to work in such a difficult and rewarding place as Antarctica and showed how the glacial poles affect our entire Earth and climate system. Credit: NASA

Join us on a musical and visual tour of Earth from space with interactive discussions through the Beautiful Earth program. Director and Musician Kenji Williams performs the BELLA GAIA (www.bellagaia.com) multimedia show along with interactive discussions by NASA Earth Scientist Thorsten Markus and Native American Science Educator Jim Rock. The Beautiful Earth program highlights Earth's water in all of its forms: liquid, solid, and vapor, from the western scientific, indigenous, artistic, and multi-cultural points of view. The program simulates spaceflight for the public and reminds us of the beauty and inter-connectedness of Earth’s life systems. Students and teachers from across the country will interact live with the program. Other participants can view and interact with the program by tuning in to: http://www.nasa.gov/offices/education/programs/national/dln/webcast/webcast.html During the DLN broadcast, an email address will be provided for participants to send in their questions.

See the live presentation (live on April 18 from 1 to 2 pm)

"Beautiful Earth: Experiencing and Learning Science In a New and Engaging Way," is funded by a NASA Science Mission Directorate Opportunities in Education and Public Outreach for Earth and Space Science) grant. For more information about the Digital Learning Network or or Beautiful Earth Program (to go live April 17).

Three days of NASA activities will also be held on the National Mall in Washington from April 20 through April 22. The agency's involvement includes free activities and exhibits open to the public.

Related Links:

› NASA's activities on the Mall
› Other Earth Day activities on the Mall
› Directions to Goddard
› NASA environmental and Earth science programs
Rob Gutro
NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center, Greenbelt, Md.