IBEX Orbit Visualization
The Interstellar Boundary EXplorer (IBEX) mission will observe the boundary between the heliosphere and the interstellar medium from a location near the Earth. The mission will measure the flux of hydrogen Energetic Neutral Atoms (ENAs) which can be directed towards the Sun by an interaction with the heliosheath.
In this visualization, we see the orbit of the spacecraft orbit (green) in relation to the Earth, the orbit of the Moon (gray), and Sun.
A movie tour showing the orbit of IBEX (green) around the Earth and its relationship to the Moon's orbit (grey).
The movie opens with a view of the Earth with the Sun in the distance.
The camera pulls out from the Earth, revealing the IBEX spacecraft (the small gold and grey hexagonal object on the left) and its orbit (green). The Moon is passing through the foreground.
The camera pulls out further, to observe the full IBEX orbit.
The camera moves above the Moon's orbital plane to look down on the relationship of the orbit of IBEX to the orbit of the Moon.
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NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center Scientific Visualization Studio
MissionsThis visualization is related to the following missions:
Datasets used in this visualization
SSCweb ephemerides (SSCweb)ID: 538Ephemeris NASA/GSFC Space Physics Data Facility
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