National Air and Space Museum
Independence Avenue and 6th Street, SW
Special Exhibitions, Gallery 104, 1st Floor, West Wing Floor Plan
With precise, up-to-date images captured by high-tech satellites, geologists, meteorologists, and other scientists can now study how the Earth changes from day to day and year to year. This exhibition displays 40 large images of the Earth taken by orbiting satellites and explains how these satellite images are gathered and used. Images include the swirling arms of a massive hurricane, the grid-like pattern of Kansas farmland, the triangular shadows cast by the Great Pyramids, and the sinuous channels entering the Arctic Ocean.
Also included is a Magic Planet interactive video globe -- a sphere-shaped screen displaying satellites images of various locations around the globe.