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.
Secretary Salazar to Visit Ball Aerospace, Highlight Interior's Role in Space-Based Science
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BOULDER, CO — On Monday, March 21st, 2011, Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar, Assistant Secretary for Water and Science Anne Castle, U.S. Geological Survey Director Marcia McNutt and NASA Chief Scientist Waleed Abdalati will tour the Ball Aerospace Boulder Campus to discuss the future of the Landsat program and view the progress of the Operational Land Imager (OLI) instrument, the primary sensor for the next Landsat Earth imaging satellite, the Landsat Data Continuity Mission.
Following the tour, Secretary Salazar and Ball Aerospace President and CEO David Taylor will join students from Skyline High School, a state of the art Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) school, for a discussion on the importance of science and innovation in the classroom.
Ken Salazar, Secretary of the Interior
David L. Taylor, President and CEO, Ball Aerospace & Technologies Corp.
Anne Castle, Assistant Secretary for Water and Science
Marcia McNutt, Director, United States Geological Survey (USGS)
Waleed Abdalati, Chief Scientist, National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA)
Landsat Event at Ball Aerospace
Monday, March 21st, 2011
11:15am Science and Innovation Discussion with students
12:00pm Media Availability
Ball Aerospace Boulder Campus
1600 Commerce Street
Boulder, CO 80301
*please meet at bldg RA-7 Tuskegee Conf. Ctr.
*Campus map for Ball Aerospace can be found here
Media planning to attend, please contact Roz Brown (email@example.com) at 303-533-6059 for badges.