After many delays, the STS-99 flight is up and mapping the earth
with the Shuttle Radar Topography Mission, and with EarthKAM.
The Office of Space Science Education at the Space Science and Engineering
Center at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, is providing high
resolution global cloud cover images for the EarthKAM Project every
three hours. With a Java capable browser, schools can select small
areas to check the cloud cover for help in targeting their EarthKAM
images. Mr. James Kotoski's Seventh Grade class at Spring
Harbor Middle School, Madison, Wisconsin, is the only school
team participating from Wisconsin in the STS-99 EarthKAM Project.
have successfully inducted two MMSD schools (Spring
Harbor Environmental Magnet School and Velma
Hamilton Middle School) into the EarthKAM program
(previously known as KidSat). This program, the brainchild of astronaut
Sally Ride, enables school children to learn about the earth's environment
through remote sensing observations they can make by themselves
using a CCD camera on the space shuttle. The project emphasizes
geography, technology, math, environmental science, communication,
leadership and team work. The two Madison schools participated in
the STS-89 flight launched on 22 January 1998 (which carried the
fastest growing wheat plants to Mir).