Time for the Smithsonian’s National Air and Space Museum Annual “Geography from Space Contest”

November 7, 2008
News Release

Do you need conclusive evidence that from outer space blue and red states are impossible to tell apart? Come to the National Air and Space Museum during National Geography Awareness Week—Nov. 19 through 21—and take part in the annual “Geography from Space” contest going on from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the Looking at Earth Gallery. In this challenging competition, visitors test their knowledge of world geography by trying to identify geographic features on images from satellites and the International Space Station. In addition, they can try to identify geographic features on an unmarked globe in the Geogames contest at 11 a.m.

For those who cannot drop by the museum in person, an online version of the contest will run from Nov. 16-22 at http://www.nasm.si.edu/geographyfromspace. Online participants have the chance to enter a random drawing to win the museum publication “Earth from Space.” Contestants must identify geographic locations based on a satellite image and a short clue. Eager geography buffs can sharpen their skills now on previous years’ tests at http://www.nasm.si.edu/geographyfromspace.

The National Air and Space Museum is on the National Mall in Washington, D.C., at Sixth Street and Independence Avenue S.W. The museum’s Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center is located in Chantilly, Va., near Washington Dulles International Airport. Both facilities are open daily from 10 a.m. until 5:30 p.m. (closed Dec. 25). Admission is free, but there is a $12 fee for parking at the Udvar-Hazy Center.

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