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Earth from Space
Talk about changing your perspective!
GRADE LEVEL: 6-8, 9-12

This online exhibition features images, lesson plans and classroom activities that “explain how satellite imagery is gathered and used to expand the understanding of life on Earth”. It was created by the Smithsonian Institute in collaboration with the National Air and Space Museum.

This well organized site is easily navigated through the top navigation bar. Content in the online exhibit is categorized into five sections and can be accessed through the graphical index on the main page of the exhibit.


The Earth from Space site offers users spectacular satellite images of conditions and events on the Earth. Each of the five sections of the exhibit; Living Planet, Water and Air, Structure of the Land, The Human Presence and Satellite Technology, offers rare views of extraordinary conditions and events on Earth that are nearly impossible to document from the surface of the planet. Over forty detailed satellite images of the planet are available from the Florida Everglades and the tropical forests on the Yucatan Peninsula to the dry valleys of Antarctica. Especially fascinating are the images found in the Water and Air section. These include everything from typhoons to dust storms to changing seasons to rising floodwaters. The technology that is used to gather the images is also discussed in the Satellite Technology section as well as the satellites whose images are on display. Lesson plans and classroom activities that correlate to national standards are available to help students and teachers to increase their understanding of life on Earth. Lesson plans are appropriate for grades 5-12



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