Wednesday, 4 September 2013

Eyes On Earth - Science Exhibit

Contact: Rebecca McPake, Science Facilitator, Imaginarium P: 6424 1333

Location: Devonport
Exhibition now open            Exhibition closes 22 December 2013

Intended Audience: Can cater from 3 year olds and up.

Eyes on Earth is a highly interactive science exhibition produced and developed by the Oregon Museum of Science and Industry (OMSI) that focuses on the Earth Observing Systems and examines how satellite observations are made and what we can learn about the Earth using space technology. The Exhibit at Imaginarium, North Fenton Street, Devonport, focus upon orbits, satellites and satellite technology.

Far beyond the atmosphere of Earth, at orbits ranging from 290 to over 35,400 km (180 to over 22,000 miles) above sea level, circle the satellites of the Earth Observing System (EOS), NASA's primary satellite mission. This small group of human-made scientific observers is constantly scanning our planet--tracking weather, monitoring pollution, creating maps, and gathering information that helps scientists predict storms, monitor forest fires, and study the holes in the ozone layer.


Explore what makes up a satellite, the different types of satellites, and their functions.

Design a Satellite
Learn about the various satellite components and how they operate by testing different satellite subsystems and then designing your own working satellite. First, stop at several workstations, each one featuring a different satellite subsystem (imaging camera, solar panel, infrared heat sensor, communications transmitter, magnetometer and radar distancing sensor). Test each component to learn how it works and what its function is.

Next, at the satellite workstation, design a custom satellite so that it performs tasks of your choice, utilizing the same subsystems you just tested. Actual solar panels are used to help "power" your subsystems. You
can test the satellite's overall performance at the central "testing facility" as you transmit data such as video images, infrared images, magnetic field data, and other telemetry to the "testing facility" workstation.

Satellite Puzzles
Younger visitors can sit on a solar panel and work on their own satellite!

At one of two stylized satellite workstations, they can put together a layered, custom-built satellite puzzle.

The first puzzle showcases some of the major satellites used by NASA to observe the Earth. The top layer has a view of the Earth from space, surrounded by six large satellites. Each piece that is taken away reveals the satellite's name and shows how that satellite views the Earth. From infrared, to ultra-violet, to radar altimetry, each piece will uncover a new and vibrant image of our Earth as taken from space.

The satellites featured in this exhibit are an EOS satellite, NOAA satellite, Jason-1 satellite, GOES satellite, ADEOS II satellite, and TOPEX/Poseidon satellite.

The second puzzle features the Jason-1 satellite, the second satellite to be launched in the highly successful TOPEX/Poseidon mission that measures ocean surface topography. On the top layer, you will see the Jason-1 satellite floating in space. Pull back the pieces to see the satellite's interior!

Gain an understanding of orbits and how scientists use different orbits to accomplish different goals.

Orbit Table
Launch marble "satellites" into "space" at this large orbit table. Choose different launchers with varying launch trajectories to observe different types of orbits, from standard circular types to highly elliptical orbits.