Virginia Museum of Natural History Opens Eyes on Earth

The Virginia Museum of Natural History presents Eyes on Earth, a special exhibit, open through January 8, 2011.

Far beyond the atmosphere of Earth, at orbits ranging from 290 to over 35,400 km (180 to over 22,000 miles) above sea level, circle the satellites of the Earth Observing System (EOS), NASA’s primary satellite mission. This small group of human-made scientific observers is constantly scanning our planet–tracking weather, monitoring pollution, creating maps, and gathering information that helps scientists predict storms, monitor forest fires, and study the holes in the ozone layer.

Eyes on Earth is a highly interactive science exhibition produced and developed by the Oregon Museum of Science and Industry (OMSI) that focuses on the EOS and examines how satellite observations are made and what we can learn about the Earth using space technology. Designed primarily for families and school groups (upper elementary through adults), visitors learn what a satellite is, discover the different types of orbits, and explore cutting-edge technology similar to that used by EOS scientists. Eyes on Earth brings these concepts “down to earth” through a combination of fun, accessible interactives in a playful and “spacey” environment. The exhibit explores three major areas: Satellites, Orbits, and Satellite Technology.

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