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Celebrate Earth Science Week 2012

Who are NASA's Earth Explorers and what does it take to become one of them?

Under the theme Discovering Careers in the Earth Sciences, this year's Earth Science Week will focus on this very topic: the story of the Earth Explorers who contribute to our understanding of the planet. As a leader in Earth science research and applications, NASA plays a key role in this annual celebration. The American Geosciences Institute, or AGI, has organized this event since 1998.

During Oct. 14-20, 2012, students of all ages can connect to an incredible group of NASA Earth Explorers -- from scientists and engineers, to multimedia producers, educators and writers. Find out about their careers, why and how they study the planet and what their typical day is like. Blog posts, Google+ Hangouts and Twitter chats, as well as a webinar and radio interview in Spanish, are just some of the media activities that will allow explorers to tell their stories. You can directly participate by asking questions during the live events or by sending in questions beforehand.

The current schedule of Earth Science Week events includes:

  • Tuesday, Oct. 16, 1-2 p.m. EDT -- Twitter Chat with polar scientist Thorsten Markus
  • Tuesday, Oct. 16, 1-2 p.m. EDT -- Univisión Radio interview with scientists Erika Podest and Miguel Román (in Spanish)
  • Wednesday, Oct. 17, 1-2 p.m. EDT -- Google+ Hangout with Operation IceBridge scientist Christy Hansen, on location near Antarctica
  • Wednesday, Oct. 17, 4-5 p.m. EDT -- Webinar with Aquarius engineers (in Spanish)
  • Thursday, Oct. 18, noon-1 p.m. EDT -- Twitter chat with atmospheric research scientist Erica Alston
  • Thursday, Oct. 18, 6-7 p.m. EDT -- Reddit Interview with Jet Propulsion Laboratory scientist Josh Willis

In addition, on Oct. 18, the many contributions of women at NASA to Earth science will be highlighted as part of Female Geoscientist's Day. Together with the NASA Earth Science Week website, the Women@NASA blog will feature three remarkable Earth Explorers.

Visit the 2012 NASA Earth Science Week website (http://climate.nasa.gov/esw2012) for a collection of articles, event information, blog posts, videos and other educational resources in English and Spanish.

Visit the Women@NASA Blog page: http://blogs.nasa.gov/cm/newui/blog/viewpostlist.jsp?blogname=womenatnasa.

Questions and feedback about Earth Science Week should be submitted to http://climate.nasa.gov/feedback/index.cfm?ReferPg=ESW.