International Space Station Expedition 11 Science Operations Status Report for the Week Ending July 22, 2005
Marshall Space Flight Center, Huntsville, Ala.
Status Report: 05-124
NASA Science Officer John Phillips set up the Earth Knowledge Acquired by Middle school students hardware for its second run on Expedition 11. EarthKAM is a NASA education program that enables thousands of students to photograph and study Earth from a space crew's perspective.
Through EarthKAM, students actually control a digital camera mounted in the U.S. Laboratory window on the International Space Station. After middle school students research requests for specific geographic targets, the requests are integrated by university students who gain experience in space operations.
Commands are uplinked in a camera control file to a laptop computer which then activates an onboard digital camera at specified times and receives the digital images for later downlink. The team at EarthKAM then posts these photographs on the Internet for the public and participating classrooms around the world to view. EarthKAM curriculum materials support national education teaching standards and supplement learning about Earth science, space science, geography, social studies, mathematics and communications. The current EarthKAM run has taken photo requests from 46 schools in this session.
NASA’s payload operations team at the Marshall Center coordinates U.S. science activities on Space Station.