Children from around the world can request pictures from the International Space Station, via a new Sally Ride EarthKam mission. Teachers and homeschool instructors can sign-up in advance on the Sally Ride EarthKam Website, then log-in to make photo requests between January 27 to January 30. The photo requests are processed at the University California, San Diego’s Sally Ride EarthKAM Mission Operations Center. After the mission, students and instructors can log-in to the Website again to see their pictures and download them.
“When Sally Ride became the first American woman to soar into space, one of her favorite things to do was to float over to a window on the space shuttle and look down on Earth. She was amazed by the view of our beautiful blue planet wrapped in its thin blanket of air. Sally wanted to share that view with young people all over the world,” said Dr. Tam O’Shaughnessy, CEO and cofounder of Sally Ride Science. “In 1995, she came up with the idea of putting a camera on the space shuttle so that students could snap images of different places on Earth, a program that eventually became the Sally Ride EarthKAM.”
The Website also features activities geared at middle schoolers — including handouts and teacher guides. Topics include the solar system, orbits, environmental changes on earth, and EarthKAM image analysis. All the images generated on missions are also available in a searchable online archive. More than 500,000 students from 78 countries have participated in past missions.