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Earth from Space Poster Exhibit

Earth from Space is a set of 20 posters that features images and text from the popular museum exhibition of the same name. A collaboration with geographer and curator Andrew Johnston at the Smithsonian’s National Air and Space Museum’s (NASM) Center for Earth and Planetary Studies, the traveling exhibit won a 2007 U.S. Geological Survey communications award for science content.

McCartys Lava FlowThe poster exhibit presents large color reproductions of images captured by high-tech satellites constantly circling the globe, recording conditions and events that are nearly impossible to document on the planet’s surface.

Rare views of events such as dust storms, forest fires, volcanic eruptions, and hurricanes are accompanied by text that explains how satellite imagery is gathered and used to explore the Earth. Documenting environmental cycles, natural disasters, and man-made ecological effects, satellite images provide clues about the dynamic nature of our planet and offer rich opportunities to engage students in a wide range of science curricula including geography, environmental studies, ecology, oceanography, and meteorology. This relevant, fascinating, and thought-provoking presentation is complemented by award-winning online resources that include lesson plans for grades 5 through 8 and 9 through 12 tied to National Science Standards. 


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Earth from Space poster specifications


Set of 20 posters (28.5" x 19.5" each)

Participation Fee

free digital files

Categories Science & Natural History
SITES Contacts

Stephanie McCoy-Johnson, 202.633.3105

>> See Posters (English) These are large files; May take several minutes.
>> See Posters (Spanish)





Exhibitor Handbook

SITES has created a helpful "Exhibitor Handbook" to guide you through the process of installing and promoting the poster exhibit.

The handbook also includes great curriculum materials for teachers and a comprehensive "webliography" of additional resources!

>> Download Exhibitor Handbook
>> Download Exhibition Script

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Related Publications

Earth from Space by Andrew K. Johnston, Firefly Books, 2004. Hard Cover; $31.47

Curator Andrew Johnston sheds light on the planet via an array of beautiful and enlightening satellite images. The book explains in exquisite detail how such images are utilized by scientists to learn about the earth's dynamic environment. The Washington Post named this text one of the best coffee table books of 2004.


Your Guide to Earth from Space: Activity Guide, 2006. FREE!

This activity booklet encourages young and old alike to look more closely at the spectacular satellite imagery found in the exhibition. The guide folds out to reveal an eye-catching poster. Visit the traveling exhibition for
your free version or download a .pdf version!

>>Download the Earth from Space activity guide

Earth from Space book cover
Earth from Space activity guide

Press Release


This is a template for your institution's use. Please fill in the appropriate information.


[VENUE] Presents Smithsonian Poster Exhibit Looking at Satellite Imagery

Media only:  [Contact Name and Phone Number]

[VENUE NAME] to Host Smithsonian Earth from Space exhibition.
Beginning this fall, students across the country will be able to experience a Smithsonian exhibition in their own schools. The Smithsonian Institution Traveling Exhibition Service, in partnership with the U.S. Geological Survey, is providing a free poster version of the popular exhibition Earth from Space to more than 700 schools, universities, libraries, community centers and other venues.

The exhibition will be on view at [VENUE NAME] [DATE through DATE].
[VENUE NAME] has received a copy of Earth from Space and educators are eager to integrate the exhibition into the fall curriculum. [Quote from educator]

The 20-poster set features beautifully detailed satellite images of the planet—from the swirling arms of a massive hurricane and the grid-like pattern of Kansas farmland to the triangular shadows cast by the Great Pyramids and the sinuous channels entering the Arctic Ocean. Earth from Space illustrates how satellite imagery is gathered and used to expand mankind’s understanding of life on Earth. It also explores the remote-sensing technology used to gather the images and describes the individual satellites whose images are on display.

“The Smithsonian is proud to be able to share illuminating scholarship from the National Air and Space Museum in a format that allows for extraordinarily widespread distribution,” said Anna Cohn, SITES director. "Earth from Space inspires dreams and discovery, and while the photographs were taken from far away, they can launch learning opportunities about our lives here on earth.”

The poster exhibition was born of the popular and award-winning museum exhibition of the same title that premiered December 2006 at the National Air and Space Museum. In 2007, Earth from Space won a U.S. Geological Survey communications award for science content.

The images provide clues about the nature of our planet and offer teachers opportunities to engage students in a broad array of science topics, including geography, environmental studies, ecology, oceanography and meteorology.
An educational companion Web site, www.earthfromspace.si.edu, contains an online version of the exhibition, and additional images and information. It also provides numerous educational resources, including lesson plans, classroom activities, Web site links and available publications.

Earth from Space was developed by the Center for Earth and Planetary Studies at the National Air and Space Museum, in collaboration with SITES. Andrew Johnston, a geographer at the center and author of “Earth from Space” (Firefly Books, 2004), is the exhibition’s curator.

SITES has been sharing the wealth of Smithsonian collections and research programs with millions of people outside Washington, D.C., for more than 50 years. SITES connects Americans to their shared cultural heritage through a wide range of exhibitions about art, science and history, which are shown wherever people live, work and play. Exhibition descriptions and tour schedules are available at www.sites.si.edu.




Poster Specifications

Exhibitor Handbook

Exhibition Script

See Posters

Traveling Exhibition

Participant Survey

Related Images

Related Publications

Related Website

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