This Earth Day, April 22, the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) reminds us that there truly is no place like home with their social media campaign. To celebrate the special day, NASA is asking the people of Earth to upload a picture of their favorite place on this planet to social media sites like Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram, with hashtag #NoPlaceLikeHome.
For those that aren’t familiar with NASA, it is the US government agency responsible for the civilian space program as well as aeronautics and aerospace research. Established by President Dwight D. Eisenhower in 1958, it was meant to encourage peaceful applications in space science. NASA focuses on providing a better understanding of the Earth, exploring astral bodies throughout the Solar System, and researching astrophysics topics, such as the Big Bang.
In a statement last Monday, NASA wrote: “This Earth Day, April 22, NASA is asking people around the world to share pictures and videos on social media that show there is no place like home—planet Earth,” according to prnewswire.com. This #NoPlaceLikeHome project hopes to get the public involved in the diversity of places, ecosystems, and landscapes of our planet. NASA wants the pictures to answer just one question: What is your favorite place on Earth?
Last Earth Day, NASA held a similar project, called #GlobalSelfie, posing the question: Where are you on Earth right now? This project also utilized social media, and asked participants to post a selfie of where they were, with hashtag #GlobalSelfie. On NASA’s website they explain, “The goal was to use each picture as a pixel in the creation of a ‘Global Selfie’—a mosaic image that would look like Earth appeared from space on Earth Day.” It was a success last year, and with the growing use of technology and social media, this year’s campaign will likely succeed as well.
NASA’s Earth Day project this year is a fun-but important one, since it reminds us to think of our home on a much bigger scale, and to truly appreciate the most beautiful planet in our solar system—planet Earth.