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NASA's Orbiting Earth Observing Fleet (includes Aura in orange)

NASA's Earth Observing fleet of vehicles constitutes a major milestone in the history of Earth science, facilitating the kinds of wide scale and synergistic research endeavors that until the last decade have been impossible to even consider. Many of the techniques being employed around Earth are a direct offshoot of technological and scientific techniques developed on missions to other worlds. NASA's continued commitment to primary research about our home remains a top priority not only to the agency, but to the nation, and the world as a whole. This visualization shows the spacecraft in NASA's Earth Observing fleet. The relative altitudes, speeds, and sun position are correct for 12-01-2003 starting at 5:00 UTC. Aura was added as it would appear in orbit (if it were in orbit at this time).

Visualization Credits

Greg Shirah (NASA/GSFC): Lead Animator
Tom Bridgman (GST): Animator
Alex Kekesi (GST): Animator
Marte Newcombe (GST): Animator
Mark Schoeberl (NASA/GSFC): Scientist
Please give credit for this item to:
NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center Scientific Visualization Studio. XEphem software used to propogate orbits; Blue Marble

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Data Used:
CelesTrak Spacecraft Orbit Ephemeris
Ephemeris - 2003/12/01
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This item is part of these series:
Aura Prelaunch
Astrophysics Stills

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