Below are interactive experiments that can be used to teach all ages about the art and science of space-based remote sensing. The experiments focus on how NASA uses remote sensing to study how and why the Earth changes.

Mission: Biomes

The following two activities are designed for teachers to use in classrooms as supplementary, interdisciplinary units. Mission: Biomes is especially appropriate for grades 3 through 8, and is designed to be interactive and self-correcting which will allow each student to work at his or her own pace.

Great Graph Match

Geo Grapher needs your help to match temperature and precipitation graphs for different locations to the biomes where they belong

To Plant or Not to Plant?

Travel with Bill Botanist on an expedition to each of the world’s biomes. Help him study his plant specimens and choose the best possible biome to plant each one in.

Citizen Science

The Citizens and Remote Sensing Observation Network (CARSON) is designed to show citizen scientists how to explore satellite data to make wide-scale environmental observations. Each chapter of the CARSON guide includes instructions for a local observation and an extension to make the same observation on a global scale using satellite data.

Air Quality

Track visibility from the ground, and then use satellite images to identify pollution coming into your region from other places. This activity also includes extensions for other air quality observations.

Water Quality

Nitrogen is a common pollutant found in streams. It fuels algae growth, which can lead to dead zones where little can live. Citizens measure nitrogen concentrations in their local waterways and compare those concentrations to phytoplankton growth in the ocean nearest their watershed.


Throughout history, humans have strived to understand and even control weather and climate. By developing an understanding of the patterns of rainfall, scientists are making possible increasingly accurate weather, flood and drought forecasts. This activity connects backyard observations of rainfall to satellite measurements of rain to study both local and broad precipitation patterns.

Image Composite Explorer (ICE)

The Image Composite Explorer is designed to be an easy first step into the realm of Earth system science, image processing, data analysis, and satellite remote sensing via your web browser. ICE is a java applet with several modes for analysing remote sensing data, including color image composites with multiple wavelengths, display of time series, mathematical functions between multiple datasets, and analysis tools such as scatterplots and historgrams.