Synopsis by Alice Day
In this episode of the series, Malcolm and Stanley, aspiring scientists, examine the protective layer that keeps the Earth safe for habitation. Space Science in Action: Earth's Atmosphere shows how the atmosphere blocks the more harmful ultraviolet rays of the sun. Any damage to this thin layer of gases can have dire results for the well-being of humans. These programs are aimed at students in grades five through eight, and mix fun in with the instruction. They are short, and can be starting points for discussion when it's time for science fair projects.