NASA Observes Earth Day With Downloadable Art


To honor the day’s 50th anniversary, NASA’s JPL has unveiled posters in which our home planet is the star.


When Apollo 8 astronaut William Anders snapped the iconic Earthrise image, it captured the imagination of the people on Earth and helped to inspire the first Earth Day, on April 22, 1970. In the image, our planet hangs at a gibbous phase, as a far-off world rising in the night sky, and reminds us of the fragility of our home.

“We came all this way to explore the Moon, and the most important thing is that we discovered the Earth,” was how Anders summed up the astonishing sight.

In honor of Earth Day, NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory has created downloadable posters that celebrate this remarkable planet.

Earth Phases

Humanity has spent millennia studying the Moon and depicting its phases, but people often don’t realize that Earth has phases, too.

Our planet’s phases wax and wane – just as the Moon’s phases do – but in reverse order. Unlike the Moon, which always shows the same face to Earth, our planet spins noticeably on its axis every day. So someone on the Moon looking at Earth would observe its surface features change each day, as well as its phase. Shifting the perspective between planets and their moons, this poster captures those phases as they would be seen from the Moon, including the full Earth as it will actually appear on April 22, 2020.

Layers of Earth Science

We live on a dynamic, living planet. Land shifts. Seas rise. Volcanoes erupt. Storms rage. Snow melts. Plants grow. Cities expand. These ever-changing systems are intertwined and affect all life on Earth, as well as the planet itself.

To understand these natural and human-caused changes, NASA Earth Science research uses unique global observations from space, from the air, at sea and on land to study Earth’s interconnected systems. The Sentinel-6/Jason-CS mission – a joint U.S.-European effort – will use two identical satellites to study how the planet’s climate is changing. The satellites, the first of which will launch in November 2020, will measure sea level rise, as well as the temperature and humidity of Earth’s atmosphere.

Titled “Layers,” this poster shares the complex layers of Earth science that NASA studies.

JPL Earth Day Poster - Layers

You can download the posters here:

https://go.nasa.gov/2wGGtPu

News Media Contact

Jane J. Lee
Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena, Calif.
818-354-0307
jane.j.lee@jpl.nasa.gov

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    The Defense Health Agency (DHA)—the agency within the Department of Defense (DOD) that administers DOD's health care program, TRICARE—has identified a number of value-based initiatives for potential implementation with civilian providers and hospitals under the TRICARE program. These initiatives aim to help DHA build a value-based health care delivery system, in which providers are rewarded for value of services provided instead of volume of services provided. For these initiatives, value is generally measured in terms of improved health outcomes, enhanced experience of care for the patient, and reduced health care costs over time. GAO found that DHA has identified 20 value-based initiatives, including a program that makes incentive payments for hospitals that meet certain quality metrics for maternity services and a program that promotes adherence to medication regimens by waiving co-payments, among others. According to DHA officials, the 20 initiatives include five that have been implemented (two complete, three underway); three that will be implemented in the future—two with anticipated 2020 start dates are currently on hold due to the department's need to focus on the response to the Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19) pandemic and one that is expected to be implemented in January 2021; eight that are still under review, but no decisions have been made about whether and when they might be implemented; and four that were considered but will not be implemented. In fiscal year 2019, DOD offered health care services to approximately 9.6 million eligible beneficiaries worldwide through TRICARE, its regionally structured health care program. Beneficiaries may obtain health care services through DOD's direct care system of military hospitals and clinics or from its purchased care system of civilian providers. DOD contracts with private sector companies—referred to as managed care support contractors—to develop and maintain networks of civilian providers and perform other customer service functions for its purchased care system. The National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2017 (NDAA 2017) required DOD to develop and implement value-based incentive initiatives in its TRICARE contracts. The NDAA 2017 also included a provision that required GAO to review these initiatives. This correspondence describes the initiatives DHA has developed and the status of each, as of June 2020. To do this work, GAO interviewed knowledgeable DHA officials and analyzed available documentation on each initiative, including decision papers, congressional reports, and Federal Register notices. For more information, contact Debra A. Draper at (202) 512-7114 or draperd@gao.gov.
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