(Alamogordo, New Mexico) - In the skies above us every day, high-tech imaging satellites are constantly circling, capturing sophisticated images of conditions and events on the surface of the Earth. Producing remarkable images, these satellites provide geologists, meteorologists, and other scientists incredibly precise images with which to study the Earth’s environmental cycles, natural disasters, and man-made ecological effects. They have also provided a fascinating view of the incredible beauty of the Earth, as seen from space.
Andrew Johnston, geographer and curator at the Smithsonian’s National Air and Space Museum’s Center for Earth and Planetary Studies, collaborated with other organizations to create the travelling exhibit Earth from Space, featuring 40 beautifully detailed satellite images of the planet. From the swirling arms of a massive hurricane and the grid-like pattern of Kansas farmland to the triangular shadows cast by the Great Pyramids and the sinuous channels entering the Arctic Ocean, this award winning exhibit offers a thought provoking presentation.
Now on temporary display inside the Clyde W. Tombaugh Theater at the New Mexico Museum of Space History,Earth from Space explains in stunning detail how satellite imagery is gathered, explores the remote sensing technology used to gather the images, and discusses the individual satellites whose images are on display.
IMAX movies currently showing at the Tombaugh Theater are Tornado Alley and Hubble. Tornado Alley is a heart-pounding science adventure, following leading researchers Joshua Wurman, Karen Kosiba and Don Burgess, along with the scientists of VORTEX2, on their quest to penetrate a tornado’s inner workings. Hubble takes moviegoers on a journey through distant galaxies to explore the grandeur and mysteries of our celestial surroundings, and on a space-walk with astronauts as they attempt some of the most difficult and important tasks in NASA’s history.
The Clyde W. Tombaugh IMAX Dome Theater is located on the campus of the New Mexico Museum of Space History, top of Hwy 2001, Alamogordo, NM. The New Mexico Museum of Space History is a division of the NM Department of Cultural Affairs. For more information, call 575-437-2840 or toll free 1-877-333-6589 or visit the website atwww.nmspacemuseum.org.
Information from: New Mexico Space Museum