April 19, 2012

NASA marks Earth Day with public events, online activities

NASA will celebrate the 42nd anniversary of Earth Day this week with several live and online activities to engage the public about the agency’s mission to use space to explore and better understand our planet.

NASA will host three days of displays and presentations open to the public on the National Mall in Washington from April 20, through Earth Day, April 22. A live video chat with NASA Earth scientists about new insights into our complex planet will be part of these events on April 21.

For details on NASA Earth Day activities and agency programs dedicated to expanding our knowledge of Earth, visit


Earth Day in the Nation’s Capital

April 20 (11 a.m.-3 p.m., EDT); April 21 (Noon-5 p.m., EDT); April 22 (11 a.m.-5 p.m., EDT) – The “NASA Village” on the National Mall will contain activities and exhibits in three tents highlighting the use of NASA science and technology to advance knowledge and awareness of our planet. On April 22, a performance stage hosted by the Earth Day Network will feature presentations by

NASA with a wide variety of entertainment. The area is located at 12th Street and Jefferson Drive SW.


Live Web Broadcast and Chat: A High-Tech Checkup of Earth’s Vital Signs

April 21 (1-2 p.m., EDT) – NASA scientists take you on a world tour from the vantage point of space to show you some of the new insights into our changing planet made possible by our orbiting high-tech sensors. This live event in the “NASA Village” on the National Mall will be streamed online via Ustream. Scientists will take questions from the live audience and those viewing online.


NASA Earth Day Video Contest 2012

Share your vision of what NASA’s exploration of Earth means to you by creating a short YouTube video. NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Md., announced today a contest for the best video about discoveries or real-world benefits resulting from NASA’s Earth science program. Producers are encouraged to draw from NASA’s extensive collection of public domain Earth imagery. Submissions are due by May 31.


NASA Center Activities

Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena, Calif., April 21-22 (9 a.m.-5 p.m., PDT) – An exhibit on JPL’s Earth science research will be part of the Earth Day celebration at the Aquarium of the Pacific, Long Beach, Calif. Attendees will learn how they can help our ocean planet. The event includes hands-on learning demonstrations for all ages.


All of this week's top headlines to your email every Friday.



Defense cuts could hit civilian workforce

Tens of thousands of civilian employees in the Defense Department could receive warnings about potential layoffs four days before the November election if impending spending cuts aren’t averted, hitting presidential battleground states such as Virginia and Florida hard. The alerts would come in addition to any that major defense contractors might send out at the...
Air Force photograph by SSgt. William P. Coleman

Training exercises enhance international relations

Air Force photograph by SSgt. William P. Coleman Colombian air force Kfir aircraft prepare for a mission during Red Flag 12-4 July 18, 2012, at Nellis Air Force Base, Nev. A U.S. Air Force pilot rides in the backseat of a Kfir ...

Airbus owner EADS ups targets, delays A350

Airbus parent company EADS NV July 27 announced a further delay to its new A350 aircraft as it reported second-quarter earnings that almost quadrupled from a year ago. Net profit at the Leiden, Netherlands-based European Aeronautic Defence & Space Company was $567 million, up from $148 million in the same period a year ago. Sales...

Courtesy photograph

Boeing receives 10th WGS satellite order from U.S. Air Force

Courtesy photograph The Wideband Global SATCOM satellite is the successor to the Defense Satellite Communications System-III. One WGS satellite has about 12 times the bandwidth of a DSCS-III satellite. EL SEGUNDO, Calif. –...

Lockheed Martin’s Gyrolinkâ„¢ selected for U.S. Army’s R-VOSS program

Lockheed Martin has been awarded a $21.4 million contract from the U.S. Army for its commercial GyroLinkâ„¢ system for the Remote – Vehicle Optics Sensor System program. GyroLink provides a real-time full motion video network that transmits video across military vehicles at significant distances. This allows members of a route-clearance patrol to use monitors inside...

News Briefs – July 30, 2012

Mechanical failure blamed in Arizona Harrier crash Military officials say early findings point to mechanical failure in the crash of a U.S. Marine Corps Harrier attack jet on a training mission in southwestern Arizona. The AV-8B Harrier went down July 25 afternoon about 15 miles northwest of the Marine Corps Air Station Yuma near the...


Be the first to comment!

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

You may use these HTML tags and attributes: <a href="" title=""> <abbr title=""> <acronym title=""> <b> <blockquote cite=""> <cite> <code> <del datetime=""> <em> <i> <q cite=""> <s> <strike> <strong>