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Earth Day 50 Years


Posted on 04-22-2020


We are celebrating the 50 years of celebrating our favorite blue planet, Earth.  What makes this Earth Day so unique is that people all over our planet are celebrating at home.  Because of the stay-at-home ordinance (per se), there are some great ways NASA and others are allowing people to learn about Earth and engage in a virtual experience online.  Let's take a look...


NASA


An amazing video is just a click away to see NASA's view of Earth from the last five decades from space.  Youtube:  NASA Looks Back At 50 Years of Earth Day


Astronaut Jessica Meir is sharing her space experiences on her Instagram through her stories which will include life in space.  Take that journey by finding her on Instagram @Astro_Jessica.


Have a question you would like a scientist to answer?  Head over to Tumblr where there will be a Q&A science edition Tumblr Q & A Science Edition


LEGO


A fun way to get your kids involved in this Earth Day is through LEGO's "Build A Planet" challenge.  Have your kids use their LEGO set to build Earth and snap a photo to share on Twitter.  Include the hashtag #LetsBuildTogether for a chance at a retweet from NASA and/or LEGO.


YouTube


You may be stuck at home, but that doesn't mean you can't enjoy the beauty of nature right where you are.  State parks have created virtual tours of their parks, and today is the perfect day to take a one of these virtual journeys.  The YouTube channel Parks and Playgrounds Worlwide will give you a wonderful selection of places to see such as this of Bryce Canyon National Park in Utah.  Enjoy!  Bryce Canyon National Park, Utah - Google Earth Virtual Tour 2020 https://youtu.be/2gEMYRRbNYY via @YouTube


We love our beautiful planet.  Let's take care of our home and embrace her beauty. Happy Earth Day!


Did You Know?

Today the United States is the second largest producer of hydropower - Canada being the largest. There are 75,185 dams in the U.S. but less than 3 percent are used for hydroelectric generation. Between 8 and 12 percent of U.S. electrical generation is produced by hydropower and only about one-fifth of the electricity produced around the world.

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