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THEMIS Orbits: Dayside Science Configuration

In the early part of the mission, the five THEMIS satellites will follow the same orbit single-file. The apogee of the orbit will take the spacecraft just beyond the bow shock of the Earth's magnetosphere. This will enable the satellites to collect data in this region over a short range of time so that the time history can be studied. The dates in this visualization are based on an ephemeris assuming a launch on January 20, 2007. The satellite colors are: red=P1, green=P2, cyan=P3, blue=P4, magenta=P5.
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This movie looks down onto the north pole of the Earth and the five THEMIS spacecraft travelling along a single elliptical orbit.  The Sun is to the left.    This movie looks down onto the north pole of the Earth and the five THEMIS spacecraft travelling along a single elliptical orbit. The Sun is to the left.
Duration: 14.4 seconds
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Same movie as above but no date slate.    Same movie as above but no date slate.
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This is an opening shot of the animation.  Satellites P1 (red) and P4 (blue) are too close together to be distinguished as separate objects on this scale.    This is an opening shot of the animation. Satellites P1 (red) and P4 (blue) are too close together to be distinguished as separate objects on this scale.

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Same image as above with no date slate.    Same image as above with no date slate.

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The satellites swing through their perigee, moving more swiftly close to the Earth.  You can now distinguish satellites P1 (red) and P4 (blue).    The satellites swing through their perigee, moving more swiftly close to the Earth. You can now distinguish satellites P1 (red) and P4 (blue).

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Same movie as above with no date slate.    Same movie as above with no date slate.

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Short URL to This Page:http://svs.gsfc.nasa.gov/goto?3391
Animation Number:3391
Completed:2006-12-11
Animator:Tom Bridgman (GST) (Lead)
Scientists:Vassilis Angelopoulos (University of California, Berkeley)
 David G. Sibeck (NASA/GSFC)
Platform/Sensor/Data Set:SSCweb (2007/06/25T00:00:00 - 2007/06/28T00:00:00)
Series:THEMIS Pre-launch
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NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center Scientific Visualization Studio
 
Keywords:
SVS >> Geomagnetic Field
SVS >> Magnetosphere
SVS >> Solar Wind
GCMD >> Location >> Bow Shock
SVS >> THEMIS
 
 


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Many of our multimedia items use the GCMD keywords. These keywords can be found on the Internet with the following citation:
Olsen, L.M., G. Major, K. Shein, J. Scialdone, S. Ritz, T. Stevens, M. Morahan, A. Aleman, R. Vogel, S. Leicester, H. Weir, M. Meaux, S. Grebas, C.Solomon, M. Holland, T. Northcutt, R. A. Restrepo, R. Bilodeau, 2013. NASA/Global Change Master Directory (GCMD) Earth Science Keywords. Version 8.0.0.0.0

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