PACE Celebrates Earth Day with all #NASAEarthlingsPosted on Tuesday, April 26, 2022 at 12:00:00
NASA's PACE mission inspires us to be better stewards of our planet, especially the ocean. For Earth Day, we continued that practice by participating in NASA's annual Earth Day event at Union Station in Washington, DC.
For the first time in two years, NASA hosted the three day interactive with a mix of stations set up to show how the agency studies a changing Earth. PACE volunteered to show how our mission will further help in this cause.
The PACE booth featured eight team members, including scientists, engineers and managers, who talked about everything from phytoplankton to how the spacecraft is being built.
In one experiment, members asked attendees a simple question, "what color is the ocean?" While the common answer was blue, our interactives taught them it can be many colors. Attendees also got to spin a phytoplankton wheel to learn more about how these microscopic creatures help us understand the carbon cycle.
PACE also participated in an art demonstration about zooplankton. Through letterpress - a technique of relief printing - attendees got to take home a postcard featuring art inspired by the mission's research.
The theme for this year's Earth Day was #NASAEarthling, a simple hashtag to show off what makes life on our planet truly special - you. NASA's Science Mission Directorate also has revealed the 2022 Earth Day poster, available to download in English and Spanish from an online toolkit that also includes wallpapers and a special video from its creative director.
Want to learn more? Go to www.nasa.gov/earthday.