||To construct such an
ambitious undertaking will require a team of educators and scientists coupled with the
active support of NASA, equipment manufacturers and institutions such as the National
Geographic Society. Successful projects like GeoCam, KidSat, EarthKAM and the Jason
Project have developed the model for this type of teamwork. The International Space
Station will provide a new vehicle for such a joint effort to produce a scientific and
educational tool of real and lasting value. Since the watershed pictures taken by Apollo 8
showed us a small blue planet hanging in a black void, we have realized just how truly
majestic yet fragile our only home is. It is our generations responsibility to teach
the next generation to appreciate and better understand the many diverse but also
interdependent systems that exist on this planet we call Earth. It is just this
appreciation of our fragile planet and the interdependence of one environment on another
that may prove to be the key to our survival as a species.
|The 1992 GeoCam team
representing the astronauts, four NASA centers, the National Geographic Society and the
Can Do Project.