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The Smithsonian traveling exhibition “Earth From Space” consists of 41
large-scale banners of satellite imagery collected over the past 30 years.
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Smithsonian’s “Earth From Space” Exhibit on Display at Folsom
On Dec. 1, the Smithsonian traveling exhibition “Earth from Space” will open at the Folsom Library and will remain on view through Jan. 27, 2008. Developed in collaboration with the Smithsonian’s National Air and Space Museum, “Earth from Space” presents 41views of the Earth as captured by orbiting satellites. The exhibition explains how satellites gather data from meteorologists, urban planners, geologists, firefighters, and others.

At the same time, “Earth from Space” analyzes the stunning imagery that these satellites produce, revealing what the myriad colors, patterns, and formations really signify to those who try to make sense of our complex planet, according to press materials. A Magic Planet digital video globe, a digital display with a sphere-shaped screen, complements the traveling exhibition. The animations on this tool will allow visitors to observe the global extent of images returned from orbiting satellites.

“The ‘Earth From Space’ exhibit was on display at the National Air and Space Museum last fall and went on tour in January. We thought this exhibit would have broad appeal at RPI since it involved the use of remote sensing technology and satellite imaging systems,” says Amy Rupert, assistant institute archivist. “The technology is developed by engineers and used by researchers in environmental science, geology, geography, military science, and more. RPI and its alumni have also had a long involvement in the space program.”

An opening reception is planned for Monday, Dec. 3, beginning at 4 p.m. Cynthia Smith, president of the Friends of Folsom Library, will open the event. On Jan. 19, 2008, from noon to 4 p.m., a special family day event is planned for parents and children of all ages. The event will feature remarks from Jason Gough, meteorologist with WNYT-TV Channel 13. The program will also include Rensselaer student guides and hands-on activities will be help kids interact with the displays. The exhibit will be free and open to the public.
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