This Earth Day, share your photos of Earth with NASA using the hashtag #PictureEarth.

This Earth Day, share your photos of Earth with NASA with the hashtag #PictureEarth.

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NASA includes a brand new social networking effort to gear up its audience to get Earth Day, an annual event to celebrate our planet — and the importance of protecting the environment — about Monday (April 22).

Social media consumers around Instagram, Twitter and also the NASA Earth Facebook occasion webpage can observe a close-up photo of their favorite all-natural features on our home world. This could include”historical trees, blooming flowers, or magnificent sunsets,” NASA officials said in a declaration . Make sure you use the hashtag #PictureEarth and describe where the photo was shot — and also to upload your photo on April 22 to be eligible.

NASA intends to showcase these photographs in videos and composite images that the agency will share on social media following Earth Day.

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“NASA satellites and airborne instruments picture Earth daily to increase our understanding of our home and improve lives,” the bureau said in a statement. “These pictures, shared with the public worldwide, may utilize visible light, like a photographer’s camera, or even peer to infrared, microwave and radio wavelengths which are invisible to human eyes.”

Shortly after Earth Day, NASA will add still another Earth-observing satellite into the growing fleet. The Orbiting Carbon Observatory 3 will launch to the International Space Station using a SpaceX Dragon cargo spacecraft on April 26, if all goes to schedule. This mission will quantify carbon dioxide in space, an integral gas implicated in global climate change. (The mission was nearly canceled due to some 2017 Trump budget petition, though it was later reinstated.)

The first Earth Day took place in 1970, less than 18 months after Apollo 8 astronauts took full-color pictures of the Earth climbing over the moon. It was the first time \human eyes saw our world from so far off, and the photograph is credited with helping spark the movement. The first”Earthrise” picture, but was obtained by NASA’s robotic Lunar Orbiter 1 spacecraft in 1966, in white and black.

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