Global Selfie Earth Day was first celebrated on April 22, 2014. For this holiday, NASA asked people around the world to submit a selfie of where they were currently. Each picture was then used as a pixel to create a picture of the earth, which was released May 22, 2014. The picture itself was made using more than 36,000 photographs out of the 500,000 images tagged. Selfies were submitted from over 113 countries and viewers can scan and zoom in on individual pictures on the completed earth image. This project was to encourage environmental awareness as well as create more exposure for NASA and the work that they do.
What is a Global Selfie?
NASA’s astronauts are responsible for the first ever images of the entire Earth from space. Since then they have created satellites that can take new pictures of the earth every second. For Earth Day they want to try something new and create a picture of Earth from the ground up instead of space. This also creates a collection of portraits of people from Earth for future generations to see. The main goal is for the selfie taker to go outside and take a picture of themselves showing where they currently are in the world. They can give more explanation to their location by using one of the printable signs provided by NASA or creating their own with natural or man made materials.
How do I get involved?
NASA has continued the tradition of Global Selfie Day and you can share your pictures by posting them to one of five social media sites. You can use Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, Google+, and Flickr. When you post, make sure to use #GlobalSelfie to make sure NASA sees your submission.
NASA has identified thousands of new planets, but none is more important than our planet Earth. While they have numerous satellite pictures of Earth they wanted to create one that features the inhabitant of this planet as well. In doing so you are not only helping NASA but future generations