It’s widely accepted that we have done a pretty crappy job of taking care of our planet.
The Earth is getting hotter, species are getting wiped out and natural resources are being depleted.
With Earth Day happening very soon (April 22 2017), NASA is raising awareness by encouraging people to virtually adopt a peace of Earth. For those who are unaware, Earth Day is an annual event celebrated worldwide on April 22. It was first celebrated in the U.S. in 1970 and has since spread to over 193 countries.
The day is marked by various events to demonstrate support for environmental protection. On Earth Day 2016, the Paris Agreement was signed by the U.S., China, and over 100 other countries. The Agreement addresses greenhouse gas emissions and aims to curb the effects of climate change.
The space agency has sectioned of 64,000 individual pieces of the planet to be adopted by people who visit the website.
Each piece is about 88 kilometres wide and is assigned randomly. Obviously, you won’t get legal ownership of your piece of the planet, but it’s nice knowing there is a slice of Earth on the internet with your name on it.
What you do get is specific scientific information about your adopted section. According to the about page, the data comes from NASA’s satellites, space missions and ground observations supported by other agencies. The information provided includes such things as relative humidity, temperature and cloud top height.
Once you have got your piece of Earth you can print out your certificate or just brag about it on social media.
35.76 degrees south, 99.84 degrees east may not look like much to you, but it’s now home to me.
Located just off the coast of Western Australia, this patch of the Indian Ocean boasts high chlorophyll levels and relative humidity. With an average temperature of around minus 20, which is a little chilly, but I’ll get used to it.
It’s shaping up to be a pretty busy month for NASA.
The agency has just announced it will share discoveries about ocean worlds in our solar system tomorrow.
Researchers collected the findings thought the Hubble Space Telescope and Cassini spacecraft. NASA says that the new discoveries will help inform the future of space exploration and ultimately fuel the search for life beyond earth. Exciting!
In addition, NASA has teamed up with Amazon Web Services to broadcast the first 4k livestream from space on April 26. The livestream will take place at 1:30pm EDT (3:30am AEST) and then be available on NASA’s website afterwards.