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Heliophysics Great Observatory (Phase-1)

This visualization was an early piece of a larger, more complete visualization.

To see the completed visualization please go HERE.

This visualization shows many of the spacecraft in NASA's heliophysics great observatory fleet. The heliophysics fleet explores various aspects of the helipsphere including Earth's magnetosphere. To do this requires many spacecraft sampling data at many different places — close to the Earth, between the Earth and the Sun, and far away from the Earth.

Phase-1 of this visualziation shows the orbits of spacecraft around the date when the Stereo spacecraft received lunar assists to get into solar orbit. This phase focuses on near-Earth orbiters and L1 orbiters.

Visualization Credits

Greg Shirah (NASA/GSFC): Lead Animator
Tom Bridgman (GST): Animator
Ernie Wright (UMBC): Animator
Rani Gran (NASA/GSFC): Producer
Jeffrey Hayes (NASA/HQ): Scientist
Jennifer Rumburg (NASA/OSC): Scientist
Please give credit for this item to:
NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center Scientific Visualization Studio

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Data Used:
SSCweb also referred to as: SSCweb ephemerides
Ephemeris - NASA/GSFC Space Physics Data Facility
Satellite ephemerides
Hipparcos/Telescope/Tycho 2 Catalogue also referred to as: Tycho Catalogue
JPL/Horizon Orbital Ephemerides
Ephemeris - NASA/JPL
Planetary ephemerides
CPC (Climate Prediction Center) Cloud Composite
Data Compilation - Climate Prediction Center (CPC)
Global cloud cover from multiple satellites
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.

SVS >> Heliosphere
GCMD >> Earth Science >> Sun-earth Interactions
SVS >> Orbit
SVS >> iPod
SVS >> For Educators
SVS >> Satellites >> Sun
NASA Science >> Sun

GCMD 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