Earth  ID: 3763

NASA's Orbiting Earth Observing Fleet (NASM 2010)

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, sun position, and clouds are correct during a portion of February 2010.

This version of the orbital fleet was created for a talk by Piers Sellers at the National Air and Space Museum. About half-way through this visualization, the spacecraft that are beyond their designed lifetimes are faded to gray. The only spacraft still within its designed lifetime when this visualization was created was Jason-2.


Visualization Credits

Greg Shirah (NASA/GSFC): Lead Animator
Tom Bridgman (GST): Animator
Ernie Wright (UMBC): Animator
Jefferson Beck (UMBC): Producer
Piers Sellers (NASA/JSC): Scientist
Paul E. Brandinger (NASA/GSFC): Project Support
Angie C Kelly (NASA/GSFC): Project Support
Wynn J. Watson (NASA/GSFC): Project Support
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NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center Scientific Visualization Studio

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Data Used:
CelesTrak Spacecraft Orbit Ephemeris
Ephemeris
Hipparcos/Telescope/Tycho 2 Catalogue also referred to as: Tycho Catalogue
Database
GEOS-5 Atmospheric Model on the Cubed-Sphere also referred to as: GEOS-5 Cubed-Sphere
Model - NASA GMAO
The model is the GEOS-5 atmospheric model on the cubed-sphere, run at 14-km global resolution for 30-days. GEOS-5 is described here http://gmao.gsfc.nasa.gov/systems/geos5/ and the cubed-sphere work is described here http://sivo.gsfc.nasa.gov/cubedsphere_overview.html.
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 >> HDTV
SVS >> Spacecraft
SVS >> Orbit
NASA Science >> Earth