Planets and Moons  ID: 10477

LARGEST: A Spherical Movie About Jupiter

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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.

This film has been prepared exclusively for playback on spherical projections systems. It will not play properly on a traditional computer or television screen. If you are interested in downloading the complete final movie file for spherical playback, please visit ftp://public.sos.noaa.gov/extras/.

For more information about the movie itself, visit the main website at www.nasa.gov/largest.

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Credits

Victoria Weeks (HTSI): Animator
Greg Shirah (NASA/GSFC): Animator
Tom Bridgman (GST): Animator
Ernie Wright (UMBC): Animator
Lori Perkins (NASA/GSFC): Animator
Walt Feimer (HTSI): Animator
Victoria Weeks (HTSI): Video Editor
Chris Meaney (HTSI): Narrator
Michael Starobin (HTSI): Producer
Amy A. Simon (NASA): Scientist
David R. Williams (NASA/GSFC): Scientist
Pankaj K. Jaiswal (SAIC): Project Support
James W. Williams (GST): Project Support
Stuart A. Snodgrass (HTSI): Project Support
Michael Starobin (HTSI): Writer

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 Animation 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 Music 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 Shockwave-sound.com 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 LARGEST It's good to be king. Copyright © 2009 NASA Goddard Space Flight Center


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Missions:
SOHO
Terra
Voyager

Data Used:
Voyager-2/Imaging Science Subsystem
Voyager-1/Imaging Science Subsystem
Cassini/Imaging Science Subsystem 2000
CPC (Climate Prediction Center) Cloud Composite 2007/06/29 to 2007/07/19
Simulated Jupiter Wind Flow Field 2000
Shoemaker-Levy 9 Comet Fragment Ephemerides 1994/06/17 to 1994/08/01
Terra and Aqua/MODIS/Blue Marble: Next Generation May
JPL/Horizon Orbital Ephemerides 2007/11/23 to 2011/07/02
Note: While we identify the data sets used in these visualizations, we do not store any further details nor the data sets themselves on our site.

This item is part of these series:
Narrated Movies
Science On a Sphere
Goddard Best of 2009 Film Festival
Goddard Magic Planet Media

Keywords:
SVS >> HDTV
SVS >> Jupiter
SVS >> Science On a Sphere
SVS >> Planets
DLESE >> Narrated
SVS >> Voice Over Talent
NASA Science >> Planets and Moons