EarthKAM is moving to Space Camp

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We have exciting news! The U.S. Space & Rocket Center, partnering with the University of Alabama in Huntsville and Teledyne Brown Engineering has been selected by NASA to operate Sally Ride EarthKAM.

If you are an existing Sally Ride EarthKAM user, your login and password will remain the same. If you have questions about the EarthKAM program, contact for more information. Please keep checking for updates on our progress toward Mission 50!

Thank you! - The EarthKAM Team

About Sally Ride EarthKAM @ Space Camp

In 1983, when Sally Ride became the first American woman to soar into space, she got a chance to look back at Earth from the window of the space shuttle. She was amazed by the view of our beautiful blue planet wrapped in its thin blanket of air. She wanted to share that view with young people all over the world. That gave Sally an idea—If NASA put a camera in space, students could snap images of different places on Earth.

Sally started EarthKAM in 1995. From 1995 to 2014, Sally Ride Science, a science education company Sally started with some friends, ran the program at the University of California, San Diego. The EarthKAM camera flew on five space shuttle flights before moving over to the International Space Station in 2001. More than 600,000 students from 80 countries took part in EarthKAM missions, directing the camera to capture images of specific places on Earth. Sally died in 2012, and in 2013, NASA renamed the program Sally Ride EarthKAM.

Today, the U.S. Space & Rocket Center in Huntsville, AL runs Sally Ride EarthKAM @ Space Camp!

About U.S. Space & Rocket Center

The U.S. Space & Rocket Center is the nation's most complete collection of America.s space vehicles, with nearly 1,500 artifacts, interactive experiences and immersive simulators that provide an exhilarating experience for all who visit. From the Apollo 16 command module, to the launch console for Explorer I, to NASA's next launch vehicle, visitors learn the past and future of mankind's greatest journey. The new International Space Station: Science on Orbit exhibit provides an immersive experience of NASA's current manned spaceflight activities.

The U.S. Space & Rocket Center public museum will house the EarthKAM Mission Operation Center, the nerve center for operating the experiment during EarthKAM missions. In addition, the Rocket Center will perform education outreach, curriculum development and recruit new participants for the EarthKAM programs.

About Space Camp

Space Camp® is an internationally-acclaimed educational program at the U.S. Space & Rocket Center that immerses trainees in authentic astronaut training, allowing them to view mathematics, science and engineering as something more than just an academic exercise. Trainees in Space Camp experience a wide variety of simulators, build and launch rockets, and conduct science experiments. Space Camp missions focus on simulated trips to the International Space Station, the moon and Mars aboard NASA vehicles. Space Camp has nearly 700,000 alumni worldwide, including the first Italian woman in space, astronaut Samantha Cristoforetti, and astronaut Dr. Kate Rubins, selected to fly on ISS Expedition 48/49 in May 2016.

About University of Alabama in Huntsville

The University of Alabama Huntsville (UAH) is one of the nation's premier research universities, serving more than 7,300 students located on a 432-acre campus in the heart of Huntsville. The UAH Information Technology & Systems Center (ITSC) and Earth System Science program are participating in the EarthKAM program.

ITSC serves as the focal point for UAH research in information technology. ITSC performs basic and applied research to develop new techniques and systems that ultimately solve real-world problems through innovative technologies and knowledge. The center performs research and development in the areas of distributed information systems, next generation internet, data mining and knowledge discovery, information system interoperability, image processing and data security. As part of the EarthKAM program, ITSC is building the technology infrastructure backbone for the online portal that enables student requests and communicates with the Space Station.

Earth System Science at UAH is a nationally recognized program whose faculty work closely with partners like NASA and NOAA to study topics ranging from global warming to severe weather forecasting and human impacts on our environment. Earth System Science faculty and scientists serve on NASA science teams and conduct leading-edge research in the applied and fundamental sciences of satellite remote sensing, Geographic Information Systems (GIS), and modeling and data assimilation. As part of the EarthKAM program, Earth System Science students (both undergraduate and graduate) will operate the Mission Operation Center and help develop new research-based educational materials for use with EarthKAM images.

About Teledyne Brown Engineering

Teledyne Brown Engineering, Inc. is an industry leader in engineered systems and advanced manufacturing. The Company provides full-spectrum systems engineering, integration, manufacturing, and lifecycle sustainment solutions to the marine, aviation, aerospace, defense, energy and environment markets. Teledyne Brown Engineering (TBE) has provided well over 130,000 continuous hours of real-time science operations support to NASA and the International Space Station community since the Payload Operations Integration Center, located at NASA Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Alabama, became operational in 2001. As part of the EarthKAM program, TBE provides curriculum development support based on the TBE-developed earth imaging technologies Multi-User System for Earth Sensing (MUSES) and International Space Station SERVIR Environmental Research and Visualization System (ISERV). Additionally, with extensive experience managing the science done on ISS, TBE serves as a knowledge and training resource for the students in the Mission Operation Center.