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LIMA Quest

Welcome to the LIMA II Quest Challenge!
Become a scientist and propose Antarctic Research

 photo mosaic of Antarctica

The Landsat Image Mosaic of Antarctica (LIMA) is the first-ever true-color high-resolution satellite view of the Antarctic continent enabling everyone to see Antarctica as it appears in real life. This new view of Antarctica will revolutionize Antarctica research. The LIMA web site is designed as part of the International Polar Year to familiarize people with Antarctica, to explore the richness of its features, to learn about why Antarctica matters to us all, and to explain and demonstrate how scientists use satellite imagery to study the continent.

During this challenge, you will become the scientists who study the features on Antarctica, as never seen before, and using a major scientific tool: curiosity, you will develop a research question and argue the value of studying a feature based on this new view of Antarctica.

Educators' Guide available online.

Calendar of Events

September 2008


After you have registered for the LIMA Quest Challenge you will receive an email giving you information on how to proceed. Below you may see the anticipated schedule of events so you can mark your calendar. Happy to have you on board!

See the growing background sources of information to help with your research and meet the people at LIMA at our online bios.

October 1
10:00 a.m. Pacific
1:00 p.m. Eastern
1700 GMT
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• Challenge begins!
Educators' Guide available online
Join us for the opening webcast
Meet your LIMA Experts by reading their bios online and then join us for a live webcast in which LIMA experts describe what they are asking your students to do for this challenge. The Power Point slides and some helpful sites to help you get started are included on the Archive site.

Please visit the Webcast page early to make sure are set up correctly to receive video!

November 5         

Deadline for preliminary proposals. For instructions on how to submit a proposals see:

Preliminary proposals were posted as received. Expert Responses have been posted

November 19  
10:00 a.m. Pacific
1:00 p.m. Eastern
1700 GMT

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Live Webchat

Join us for a one-hour WebChat in which our scientists will be commenting on proposals and answering questions that will help participants to complete their final proposals. This is a moderated web chat. Selected questions are forwarded to our experts who will answer them live on the web. 

Check to see that your browser is Java enabled. Questions may be placed in the room early, especially if you will not be able to join us during the live chat. The archive, including all questions answered, will be online soon after the chat.

November 26        

Deadline for final proposals

For instructions on how to submit a proposals see:

Be sure to include information that you gained by the scientists' responses found on the Preliminary Proposal Page.

Final Proposals are being posted!

Final Webcast: Watch this live webcast featuring expert comments on student/scientist proposals. During the webcast we are connected to Ted Scambos live from the McMurdo Station in the Antarctic!

December 3 to end of calendar year 2008:

We value your comments. When you have had a chance to complete the challenge (viewing the archive of the final webcast, if you were not able to see it live).

Teacher Post-Challenge survey now closed

Certificates will be made available to those who have completed the challenge!

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Editor: Linda Conrad
NASA Official: Liza Coe
Last Updated: October 2008