ISS EarthKAM EarthKAM Sees the Grand Canyon, April 3, 2017

ISS EarthKAM EarthKAM Sees the Grand Canyon, April 3, 2017

On April 3, 2017, the student-controlled EarthKAM camera aboard the International Space Station captured this photograph of a favorite target, the Grand Canyon, from low Earth orbit.

Sally Ride EarthKAM (Earth Knowledge Acquired by Middle school students) is a NASA educational outreach program started in 1996. The program, initiated by Dr. Sally Ride (May 26, 1951 – July 23, 2012), the first American woman in space, allows students to direct a digital camera aboard the International Space Station (ISS) to take photographs of specific places on Earth. The camera has been aboard the orbiting outpost since the first space station expedition began in November 2000 and supports approximately four missions annually. The program provides a unique educational opportunity for thousands of students multiple times a year. EarthKAM is an international award-winning education program, allowing students to photograph and analyze our planet from the perspective of the International Space Station. Using the Internet, students control a special digital camera on the orbiting laboratory to photograph Earth’s coastlines, mountain ranges and other interesting geographical topography.

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