Located 2,600 miles southwest of Hawaii, the National Park of American Samoa is the most remote unit of the National Park System and the U.S. National Park south of the Equator. The Park spreads across three islands, 9,500 acres of tropical rainforest, and 4,000 acres of ocean, including coral reefs. While remote, the islands of American Samoa, true to the meaning of the word Samoa (Islands of Sacred Earth), are welcoming and offer beautiful landscapes and centuries of culture and history.
Seasoned backpacker and adventurer Yang Lu earned the grand prize in the 2015 Share the Experience photo contest with this image of a sunburst captured at sunrise in Glen Canyon National Recreation Area, Utah. Yang has made the outdoors part of his daily life and finds deep connection to the land through his lens.
“My photography is not just for recreation, it is to inspire people to explore these areas." -- Yang Lu
Photo by Yang Lu (www.sharetheexperience.org).
The plantings of cherry trees originated in 1912 as a gift of friendship to the People of the United States from the People of Japan. In Japan, the flowering cherry tree, or "Sakura," is an exalted flowering plant. The beauty of the cherry blossom is a potent symbol equated with the evanescence of human life and epitomizes the transformation of Japanese culture throughout the ages.
DOINews: Amy Birtwistle Receives NASA DEVELOP Excellence Award
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Congratulations to intern Amy Birtwistle for her award as “DEVELOPer of the Term” for spring 2013.
The award distinguishes Amy from more than 330 NASA DEVELOP interns across the nation for her outstanding contributions and performance. She is a second-term DEVELOP intern at the NC CSC and a Master's student in watershed science at Colorado State University, the site of one of the newest DEVELOP Programs in the country. Amy has worked on two on-going landscape-scale projects; examining the long-term impacts of pine beetles on forests, and baseline mapping of headwaters and wetlands for long-term monitoring. She has also been a leader in geospatial analyses for our team of interns and has played a leading role in training new interns. Amy continues a trend of excellence from the NASA DEVELOP students working through the NC CSC. Steve Chignell was the term's runner-up last fall, and Matt Luizza was awarded one of two student scholarship awarded last summer by the NASA DEVELOP Program.