Astronomy Corner

Sally Ride EarthKAM Workshop

A one-day Sally Ride EarthKAM workshop was conducted at City Montessori School, Gomti Nagar I on April 16, 2018 by Labrynthe Pvt. Ltd. 45 students from classes VI-IX, who are a part of the school’s Astronomy Club, participated in the workshop. Sally Ride EarthKAM is a NASA sponsored project. EarthKAM means Earth Knowledge Acquired by Middle school Students. It is an educational program that enables students to take pictures of their own planet from a digital camera on board the International Space Station (ISS) via a web interface. The EarthKAM camera is till date a permanent payload on board the ISS and supports approximately four missions annually, one for each season. The recent mission was opened from April 10th – 16th, 2018.

In the workshop students were shown a presentation on Sally Ride EarthKAM and how the program works. They were also given a brief demonstration on how to request for the photographs keeping various aspects such as orbital path, weather, location, day/night preference in mind. The students were then given a program conduction guide and their unique codes. They will request their images from home.