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What is Expedition Earth and Beyond (EEAB)?

EEAB is a student involvement program that will allow teachers and their students in grades 5- 14 to be actively involved in the excitement and journey of exploration, discovery, and the process of science. This program is facilitated by the Astromaterials Research and Exploration Science (ARES) Education Program, housed at NASA's Johnson Space Center (JSC) in Houston, Texas.  

EEAB is designed to facilitate student-driven, authentic research projects that study the Earth and if desired, compare Earth to other planetary bodies such as the Moon and Mars. Images of Earth acquired by astronauts on the International Space Station (ISS), requested and used by scientists within the ARES Image Science and Analysis Laboratory at NASA JSC, are the hook for getting students interested and involved in the program.

Student teams will have the opportunity to:

  • Conduct authentic research about Earth and/or planetary body comparisons
  • Model the process of science
  • Connect with scientists
  • Request an image be acquired by an astronaut onboard the ISS
  • Present scientific results to peers and scientists
  • Incorporate science, math, reading, and writing in a real-world application
  • Learn about Earth Systems Science