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August 18,2018

Sally Ride EarthKam

SALLY RIDE EARTHKAM WORKSHOP

 

Selected students from classes 8 to 12, participated in the NASA initiated, worldwide event ‘Sally Ride EarthKam’, where they learnt to control a digital camera on board the International Space Station (ISS) and photograph locations of their choice on our planet Earth. It was an endeavor by the Science Department to enable students to learn Earth from the unique perspective of Space and reiterate issues concerning humanity - like environmental problems, climatic science, glacier recession and coast line changes. The workshop was conducted at VHS, 38 on July 21, by a Space Science expert.

The workshop included a brief introduction on the EarthKAM event followed by a demonstration explaining the students how to request photographs using codes issued by NASA keeping various aspects such as orbital path, weather, location, day/night preference in mind. The students also learnt about many interesting facts about the ISS and later used the EarthKAM interface to request images of locations of their interest after examining orbits and other aspects. The workshop ended with the students writing and sending messages to astronauts in space.   

A follow up workshop was conducted for the participating students on August 13, 2018 where they were taught how to analyze the photographs clicked by them.

Through these two workshops students gained exposure to tools such as Google Earth and learnt about orbital mechanics and mapping. It also enabled students to interpret satellite images keeping scale, patterns, shadows, direction, etc. in mind. It was indeed a very exciting and enriching experience for students.

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