For nearly fifty years, Landsat data have enabled scientific exploration of our planet. Communicating the technology and science of Landsat has always been a facet of the joint NASA/U.S. Geological Survey Landsat program, and that tradition continues.
From April 22-24, 2022, NASA’s Landsat Communications and Public Engagement team attended the Earth Day celebration at Union Station in Washington, DC. There were several activities to engage the public and communicate the benefits of Landsat including Landsat puzzles, a sticker mosaic, and a spectral signatures demo with the new STELLA DIY spectrometer.
Mike Taylor and Ally Nussbaum led the activities at the Landsat booth, and Ross Walter, Claudia Bolaños, and Chanti Estevez supported the event by talking to the public about their multimedia work using Landsat imagery.
Engaging the Public in S.T.E.A.M with Landsat
Landsat outreach efforts were recently featured in a highlight video created for the 2022 STEM For All Video Showcase. The video was produced by Claudia Bolanos, an intern for Landsat’s outreach team.
In this video, we highlight how public science has been transformed through 50 years of Earth Observations with the Landsat satellites that started in the summer of 1972. We share how you can connect this unique data through citizen science, education activities, and community participation in the science of mapping, measuring, and monitoring our home planet. AmericaView and it’s membership have been leaders in sharing knowledge about remote sensing technology, career pathways, and providing opportunities to create generational understanding of the ecological processes shaping our lives. A connection with the NASA supported GLOBE Observer mobile app will be shared as a way to contribute your own observations to the science and education data set that can support space-based Earth Observations.
From July through September 2021, Camp Landsat, a nine-week virtual camp, provided fun and informative information about how Landsat satellites help manage, protect, and preserve some of our favorite places on Earth.
Each week the camp included StoryMaps, Timelapse Travel (using Landsat imagery and Google Earth Engine), videos, plus interactive and downloadable games and activities. All Camp Landsat content is available online.
This month, Camp Landsat received a Digital Distinction award by the Academy of Interactive and Visual Arts as part of their 28th Annual Communicator Awards.
Camp Landsat was created by the Landsat outreach team at NASA:
Web design: Mike Taylor
Graphic design: Ginger Butcher
StoryMaps: Laura Rocchio & Allison Nussbaum
Content curation: Laura Rocchio & Ginger Butcher
Videos & Animations: Ross Walter