NASA Puts Earth Up For Adoption

Posted: Apr 11 2017, 4:27am CDT | by , Updated: Apr 11 2017, 4:41am CDT, in News | Latest Science News

 
NASA Puts Earth up for Adoption
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NASA is splitting the planet into 64,000 pieces ahead of 2017 Earth Day and putting them up for adoption as a part of raise awarness about climate change

NASA is putting the entire Earth up for adoption.

The space agency is dividing Earth into 64,000 pieces and is inviting public to pick these individual pieces to raise awareness about climate change. The initiative was started in April 6 and NASA is hoping to have the whole world adopted by April 22, this year’s Earth Day.

Each piece of Earth is about 55 miles wide and will be randomly assigned to the users visiting AdoptThePlanet website. Once assigned, users will be given access to scientific data and satellite images of a specific location, which will enable them to understand how the Earth has changed over time.

Users can also explore other locations with NASA’s interactive world map and can take a deep dive into the data of other parts of the world, from remote deserts to mountains and vast oceans.

Earth is a complex system that is not yet fully understood. To get more insight into the Earth and its atmosphere, NASA is studying our planet in many ways. Currently, NASA’s fleet of 18 Earth Science missions are collecting data from space and helping researchers to study Earth from above as a whole system. The information aids in researchers understanding how the planet is changing and improving their predictions of climate and natural hazards. With instruments in space, public can get data for the whole globe in a detail that they can't get anywhere else.

For instance, they will be able to view images that highlight the amount of vegetation on land or view air quality measurements. How far air pollution has travelled from land to the ocean or how much sea ice is left in the Arctic and Antarctic. The satellite images will range from few hours to as far back as 30 years old and this is the same set of data scientists use to study planet.

Participants will receive their adoption certificates with their unique numbered piece of Earth. In this way, NASA is giving everyone an opportunity to celebrate their little corner of Earth in their own unique way by printing or sharing their personalized certificate on social media. However, the project does not involve any legal or ownership rights. This is like naming a state highway or bridge in a city that aims to draw public attention to the future of a specific segment.

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