Sally Ride EarthKAM (EarthKnowledge Acquired by Middle school students) is a NASA educational outreach program that enables students, teachers, and the public to learn about Earth from the unique perspective of space. During Sally Ride EarthKAM missions (periods when the Sally Ride EarthKAM camera is operational), middle school students around the world request images of specific locations on Earth. The entire collection of Sally Ride EarthKAM images is available in a searchable Sally Ride EarthKAM image archive. This image collection and accompanying activities are extraordinary resources to engage students in Earth and space science, geography, social studies, mathematics, communications, and art.
The project was initiated by Dr. Sally Ride, America’s first woman in space, in 1995 and called KidSat. The KidSat camera flew on three space shuttle flights (STS 76, 81, and 86) to test its feasibility. In 1998, the program was renamed EarthKAM. The EarthKAM camera flew on two more shuttle flights (STS 89 and 99) before moving to the International Space Station (ISS) on Expedition 1 in 2001. Sally Ride died in 2012, and in 2013, NASA renamed the program Sally Ride EarthKAM. The Sally Ride EarthKAM camera remains a permanent payload on the ISS, supporting about four missions annually.
Video — Interview with Brion Au, Sally Ride EarthKAM payload developer
Video — Interview with Sally Ride EarthKAM participants
Video — Space Station Live: Sally Ride EarthKAM Gives Students Window on World
Video — Space Station Live: Using Sally Ride EarthKAM During Earth Week
Video — Celebrating Sally
Sally Ride EarthKAM Mission Statistics
Curious to know how many images were captured or how many schools participated in the most recent Sally Ride EarthKAM mission?