LARGEST: A Spherical Movie About Jupiter

  • Released Friday, September 4, 2009

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Three hundred and eighty million miles from Earth, the solar system's largest planet spins like a sizzling top in the night, massive and powerful beyond all comparison short of the sun itself. It's therefore only fitting—and certainly about time—that the fifth planet receive its proper cinematic due, set naturally on the most appropriate cinematic platform. With the movie LARGEST, Jupiter comes to Science On a Sphere.

LARGEST examines the gas giant like a work of art, like a destination of celestial wonder. Starting with the basics, the movie examines the gross anatomy of the immense planet. From swirling winds to astounding rotational velocity to unimaginable size, Jupiter demands nothing less than a list of superlatives. But where general description sets the stage, LARGEST parts the curtains on humanity's experience with the fifth planet. The movie takes us on a journey to this immense sphere via dramatic fly-bys with some of the most astounding robotic probes ever designed. Then, with NASA instruments trained on the striped behemoth, the drama really begins.

NASA released LARGEST on September 15, 2009. It is one in a series of spherical movies created entirely by staff at the NASA Goddard Space Flight Center. But while the process to create a fully spherical movie is something of an in-house Goddard creation, the Science On a Sphere projection system itself is an invention of the space agency's sibling NOAA.

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LARGEST introduces mainstream audiences to the planet Jupiter. The following trailer showcases some of the visual themes contained in the movie and points to the film's main website.

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Official Movie Credits:

Written, Produced & Directed by
Michael Starobin

Edited by
Victoria Weeks

Narrated by
Chris Meaney

Motion Graphics
Victoria Weeks

The Scientific Visualization Studio/NASA GSFC
Director of Data Visualization
Horace Mitchell
Visualization Team
Greg Shirah
Tom Bridgman
Ernest Wright
Lori Perkins
Software Development
Greg Shirah
Eric Sokolowsky

Sound Design, Incidental Music
Michael Starobin

Computer Voice
Mara Bayewitz

Walt Feimer

IT Management
Pankaj Jaiswal
Jim Williams
Stuart Snodgrass

Recording Engineer
Mike Velle

Account Management
Mike Velle

Science On a Sphere Project Liaison
Maurice Henderson

Scientific Consultants
Dr. Amy Simon-Miller, GSFC
Dr. David R. Williams, GSFC

Educational Content Development
Sallie Smith, Pamela Clark

Other Contributors
Steve Albers, NOAA
Reta Beebe, New Mexico State University
Gordon Bjoraker, GSFC
Shawn Ewald, Caltech/JPL
Brendan Fisher, Caltech/JPL
Heidi B. Hammel, Space Science Institute
Andy Ingersoll, Caltech/JPL
Allen Lunsford, Catholic University/GSFC
Louis Mayo, HTSI/GSFC
Glenn S. Orton, Caltech/JPL
Carolyn Porco, Space Science Institute
Dennis Reuter, GSFC
Michael D. Smith, GSFC
Ashwin R. Vasavada, Caltech/JPL
Keith Noll, Space Telescope Science Institute

Microscopic Footage
Peter A. Siver, Department of Botany, Connecticut College, New London, Connecticut

Ludwig van Beethoven, Symphony No. 9, 2nd Movement Op. 125
Ludwig van Beethoven, Symphony No. 2, 2nd Movement Op. 36
Felix Mendelssohn, The Hebrides Overture, Op. 26
Felix Mendelssohn, Symphony No. 4 3rd Movement, Op. 90
Dr. Keith J. Salmon, Conductor

Additional Thanks
Mika and Tamara Kostamo
NASA Cassini Imaging Team
Cosmos Studios
Wayne Lanier
NASA Opportunities in Education & Public Outreach for Earth and Space Science Program
The NASA New Horizons Mission

Executive Producer for Honeywell Technology Solutions
Patrick Kennedy
Executive Producer for NASA Television, GSFC
Wade Sisler

Science On a Sphere was Developed by NOAA


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NASA Goddard Space Flight Center

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