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Magnetospheric Multiscale Mission (MMS) Dayside Orbit Animation for the Preliminary Design Review (PDR)

This visualization uses simulated ephemerides to show the proposed orbits of the Magnetospheric Multiscale Mission (MMS) during the "dayside magnetosheath/magnetopause" orbit phase. The movie initially shows the general orientation of the orbit with respect to the Earth, Moon, and Sun. It then zooms in to "ride" along with the spacecraft. We then zoom in even closer to show that there are actually four spacecraft flying in a tetrahedral formation. Finally, we see how the 4 spacecraft skim the magnetosheath such that, occasionally, some of the spacecraft are inside (e.g., MMS #1) and some are outside (e.g., MMS #2, #3, and #4) of the magnetosheath boundary.

This visualization was created in support of the MMS Preliminary Design Review (PDR) which was held May 4 - 7, 2009.

 

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Visualization Credits

Greg Shirah (NASA/GSFC): Lead Animator
Tom Bridgman (GST): Animator
Ernie Wright (UMBC): Animator
Chris Smith (HTSI): Producer
Mark L. Adrian (NASA/GSFC): Scientist
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NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center Scientific Visualization Studio The Blue Marble Next Generation data is courtesy of Reto Stockli (NASA/GSFC) and NASA's Earth Observatory.

The Blue Marble data is courtesy of Reto Stockli (NASA/GSFC).

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Missions:
Magnetospheric Multiscale (MMS)
Terra

Data Used:
Terra and Aqua/MODIS/Blue Marble: Next Generation 1/1/2004 - 12/31/2004
Simulated MMS Ephemeris 03/29/2015 - 04/04/2015
CPC (Climate Prediction Center) Cloud Composite 2008/06/01
Luhmann-Friesen Magnetosphere Model (1979)/Magnetic Field Lines (Luhmann-Friesen)
Hipparcos/Telescope/Tycho 2 Catalogue November 1989 to March 1993
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.

Keywords:
SVS >> Earth
DLESE >> Geology
DLESE >> Geophysics
SVS >> HDTV
SVS >> Magnetic Fields
SVS >> Magnetosphere
GCMD >> Earth Science >> Solid Earth >> Geomagnetism >> Magnetic Field
GCMD >> Earth Science >> Spectral/Engineering >> Platform Characteristics >> Orbital Characteristics
GCMD >> Location >> Magnetosphere (other)
SVS >> Orbit
SVS >> For Educators
SVS >> Satellite Orbit
SVS >> MMS
NASA Science >> Earth
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 8.0.0.0.0