NASA is hosting a new social media campaign to prepare its audience for Earth Day an annual event celebrating our planet – and the importance of environmental protection – on Monday (April 22).  Social media users on Instagram, Twitter, and the NASA Earth Facebook Events Page can post a close-up photo of their favorite natural features on our home planet. This could include "old trees, blooming flowers, or stunning sunsets," NASA officials said in a statement . Use the #PictureEarth hashtag to explain where the photo was taken and upload your photo on April 22 to qualify.
NASA plans to present these photos in videos and composite images, which the agency will subsequently release on social media Earth Day.
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"NASA satellites and instruments from the air show the Earth every day to our knowledge of ours At home and expanding our country to enhance life, "the agency said in a statement. "These images, shared with scientists and the public worldwide, can use visible light, like a photographer's camera, or look at infrared, microwave and radio wavelengths that are invisible to the human eye."
Shortly after Earth Day, NASA will add another earth-observing satellite for its growing fleet. The Orbiting Carbon Observatory 3 will be launching a SpaceX Dragon spaceship to the International Space Station on April 26, if everything goes according to plan. This mission will measure carbon dioxide from space, a key gas involved in global climate change. (The mission was nearly abandoned due to a 201
The first day of Earth took place in 1970, less than 18 months after the Apollo 8th astronauts Color Pictures of the Earth rising above the moon. It was the first time that human eyes have seen our planet so far, and the photo is labeled with the support of the environmental movement. However, the first "Earthrise" image was taken in by the NASA robot Lunar Orbiter 1 in 1966 in black and white.