Middle school students help produce a spectacular work of Earth art, thanks to Sally Ride’s EarthKAM project

Middle school children programmed a camera on the International Space Station to capture this stunningly beautiful photograph of the Sahara in Libya.

It’s part of a NASA project called EarthKAM: “Earth Knowledge Acquired by Middle school students.”

The program was begun in 1998 by Sally Ride, America’s first woman in space. (At the time it was called KidSat.)

EarthKAM is intended to use the unique vantage point of space to help students, teachers, and the public gain knowledge about

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