Data Gazing

  • Released Thursday, July 26th, 2012
  • Updated Wednesday, May 3rd, 2023 at 1:52PM

A year ago today we launched NASA Visualization Explorer, an app designed to deliver captivating illustrations grounded in data gathered by cutting-edge NASA spacecraft. After producing more than 100 stories our goal remains the same: Put the science first and let data visualization bring into focus the natural events and changes taking place on Earth and beyond. But sometimes we just want to sit back, take in the amazing images and let our minds wander. This is one of those moments. The video highlights some of the best illustrations from this year's stories. As for what's coming out in year two—keep looking. You never know what you'll see.

Blink and you would have missed construction of the palm-shaped island off the coast of Dubai.

Blink and you would have missed construction of the palm-shaped island off the coast of Dubai.

Antarctica's migrating ice resembles a connected system of capillaries, veins and arteries.

Antarctica's migrating ice resembles a connected system of capillaries, veins and arteries.

You could use a microscope to see one or two phytoplankton—or a satellite to view entire colonies.

You could use a microscope to see one or two phytoplankton—or a satellite to view entire colonies.

Is it a bird? A plane? A hole punched in space? No. It's just Venus crossing the sun.

Is it a bird? A plane? A hole punched in space? No. It's just Venus crossing the sun.


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NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center
Dubai image courtesy of NASA Earth Observatory