You've probably been sucked into using Google Earth at least once, zooming in on your community or even your street. Well, Earth from Space is the ultimate eye candy for anyone interested in planetary voyeurism (putting static Google maps to shame I dare say). With views of powerful weather phenomenon, impressive city skylines, and diverse global ecosystems, Earth from Space allows us to ride along with high-tech space satellites like Landsat 7, QuickBird, and Terra, "seeing" exactly what they see. It's complicated science, but it's also fascinating and beautiful, probably the very reasons that thousands of visitors have flocked to the exhibition as it has traveled across the country.
If you can't make it to the large-scale exhibit, we've got good news for you. SITES and the U.S. Geological Survey are producing a free poster version of Earth from Space, featuring the same stunning images that have been so popular (the traveling exhibit won a government communications award for science content in 2007). A collaboration with geographer and curator Andrew Johnston at the Smithsonian’s National Air and Space Museum’s (NASM) Center for Earth and Planetary Studies, the posters will be available on a limited basis to libraries, schools, community centers, and others.