NASA’s question is a simple one: What is your favorite place on Earth?
The National Aeronautics and Space Administration’s Earth Day project is seeking “to get the public involved in highlighting the great diversity of the places, landscapes and ecosystems of our home planet” by issuing an open invitation to share photos and videos on social media using the hashtag #NoPlaceLikeHome. In addition, NASA is encouraging participants to change their profile photos to the #NoPlaceLikeHome emoji image to show support and to celebrate the planet that over 7 billion people call home.
Leading up to Earth Day on April 22, 2015, NASA will participate by posting its own images and videos on Twitter, Instagram, Vine, Facebook, Google+ and Flickr.
NASA’s mission includes exploring beyond Earth and using the vantage point of space to improve our understanding of the most complex planet we’ve seen yet. The agency’s Earth-observing satellites, airborne research and field campaigns are designed to observe our planet’s dynamic systems — oceans, ice sheets, forests and atmosphere — and improve our ability to understand how our planet is changing and could change. However, satellites do not see the world the way people do or what makes a corner of Earth special — what makes it home.
“At NASA, we explore lots of planets and there’s a lot to love: the mountains on Mars, the rings of Saturn, the 99.77-degree axial tilt of Uranus. But how about a little something for the home team? It’s Earth Day. Let’s explore our home planet, too,” NASA’s Patrick Lynch said. “Scientists from NASA and around the world have now discovered more than 1,800 planets beyond our solar system. But so far, we haven’t found any that match the complexity of Earth. And it is this complexity that challenges Earth scientists as they seek to figure out how the whole planet works as a system. Earth has oceans, forests, deserts, ice sheets, rain, snow, an atmosphere. And we have life. These are some of the things that NASA’s 20 Earth-orbiting missions observe and measure in our quest to build the most complete understanding possible of our dynamic planet.”
With last year’s NASA Global Selfie, the acency asked for pictures. This year, they have opened up the request to include Vine and Instagram videos.
This project is a unique chance for people around the world to share “views of your corner of Earth — your favorite place, whether it’s a local park, your vacation spot or Mt. Everest.” So, start thinking: what IS your favorite place on Earth?
For more information on the #NoPlaceLikeHome project, visit: http://www.nasa.gov/likehome