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La Salle Public Library hosting NASA Globe Observer program

La Salle Public Library will host a Citizen Science workshop about land cover as part of the NASA Globe Observer protocol at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 21.

In this hands-on program, participants will explore land cover in different areas of the community and learn how to measure distance within a selected space, recognize various land forms and gather data to record. Data collected will be compared to data gathered by satellites to see the results of participants’ observations.

Citizen science engages the public in science investigations. NASA’s Globe Observer free mobile app enables citizen scientists of all ages to contribute to NASA science by taking photos and submitting observation data via uploading. Data gathered and uploaded by participants in the Globe activities is used by scientists around the world. This work is supported by the NASA Earth Science Education Collaborative.

This program will begin promptly at 10:30 a.m. at the library, and is primarily field work. Observations will take place at nearby sites; an information sheet will be distributed. Participants will use the NASA Globe Observer app and are encouraged to bring their own mobile device. This program is free and public for adults and children ages 8 and older. In the event of inclement weather, the program will be postponed until Saturday, Sept. 28. The library is at 305 Marquette St., and is ADA compliant. For more information, call the library at 815-223-2341.

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