Earth Day kicks off this Friday, marking the 45th anniversary of the event! Join us for four days of public events at the National Mall in Washington DC on April 17 and 18, followed by activities Union Station events on April 21 and 22. These events will feature NASA scientists and astronauts, real time uplinks to the International Space Station, a hyper wall (at Union Station) and other hands-on exhibits.
National Mall – Monument Grounds:
Friday, April 17 – 10:00 am – 2:00 pm
Saturday April 18 – 12:00 pm – 5:00 pm
Union Station – Main Level:
Tuesday, April 21 – 10:00 am – 5:00 pm
Wednesday, April 22 – 10:00 am – 5:00 pm
The following events and activities will be held at the National Mall AND Union Station:
1 Eyes on the Earth 3D: Come Fly with NASA!
Eyes on the Earth is a three-dimensional (3D) visualization experience that lets users “fly along” with NASA’s fleet of Earth science missions and observe climate data from a global perspective in an immersive, real-time environment.
2 Digital Photo Booth
Get your face in space! You’ll walk away with a real keepsake.
3 NASA Visualization Explorer
NASA Visualization Explorer (NASA Viz) is a free iPhone, iPad, and iPod app that provides access to visualizations of current NASA research. Through the app, two visualization-based science stories are released per week about cutting edge research efforts in Earth and Planetary science, Heliophysics, and Astrophysics. The app is freely available in the iTunes store. For more information, please visit: nasaviz.gsfc.nasa.gov
4 Searching for Life Beyond Earth
Find out how what we learn about Earth is being used in the search for life in the universe.
5 The Balloon Program
Scientific balloons support Earth Science investigations in many ways. Successful missions require many engineering and technological advances. Come and learn about air density, aurora, momentum, magnetic field, balloon materials, and electrical circuits, with fun-to-do, hands-on activities.
6 Rainwater Exhibit: A Green Embassy
(*activity only available on April 18) A live demonstration of a rainwater collection and filtration system, with plants, rocks and a working “rain” system; a smart meter that measures water and energy consumption; and more.
7 Puzzling Changes in the Land
Arrange a time series of Landsat images or piece together a Landsat scene to reveal Earth’s changing landscape.
8 Aviation and the Environment
The Earth’s atmosphere protects life in many different ways. But, what would happen to us if our atmosphere suddenly disappeared? Learn how pilots and astronauts protect themselves as they travel to the very edge of Earth’s atmosphere.
9 Measuring Precipitation: On the Ground and From Space
Learn how rain gauges work, make your own using a reused plastic water bottle, and test and calibrate it compared to an official scientific gauge.
10 Ultraviolet Beads
NASA keeps a close eye on the sun’s ultraviolet (UV) radiation and you can too! Become a UV detective with specially designed UV sensitive beads and walk away with your very own UV detection bracelet.
11 Icy Worlds Big Discoveries
Come hear about NASA’s upcoming flyby of the icy world Pluto, along with Plutopalooza events you can participate in, activities you can download and resources you may share. Pluto is one of many fascinating icy worlds being explored by NASA. Can you name two others? solarsystem.nasa.gov/planets/plutotoolkit.cfm
12 Are You a Super Sleuth? Take the Earth Imagery Challenge!
NASA satellites are taking measurements of planet Earth from space. Follow our “clues” to solve the imagery mystery!
13 GLOBE @ 20 Years – Cloud in A Bottle
Have you ever wondered how clouds form? Moist air rises in the atmosphere, cools, and water droplets form into clouds. Join in the fun by making your own cloud in this popular experiment. It can be a little tricky but practice always makes perfect.
National Mall Only:
Aerosols are tiny atmospheric particles that are invisible to our eyes, but play an important role in regulating Earth’s climate. Come experience the Aerosol Robotic Network (AERONET) in action! AERONET is a globally distributed network of 600 automatic radiometers that measures concentrations and properties of aerosols throughout the day, every day, from fixed points on every continent and some islands. These measurements provide vital ground truth observations used to validate satellite measurements of aerosols.
2 Space Launch System Inflatable Rocket Exhibit
Learn about NASA’s Journey to Mars through the new 3DV app and talk to engineers working to put humans on Mars.
Union Station Only:
1 Dynamic Planet (Union)
This touchscreen interface allows users to drive a spherical display that shows a variety of remote sensing satellite datasets.
2 Know Your Earth (*activity only available on April 22) (Union)
How well do you Know Your Earth? Here, you can take a quiz and earn a prize if you
correctly answer each question. Quizzes can be taken at the Know Your Earth table or on
your smart device via a QR code. Through these quizzes, you can learn all about NASA