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Earth Observing Fleet Still Image for Stereoscopic Viewfinder

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 decades 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 for 05 February 2010 at about 20:00 GMT.

This stereoscopic artistic rendition was created from previous animations and is intended for viewing through a special NASA Earth Science Viewfinder available through NASA Headquarters. An anaglyph version is included in addition to a printable viewfinder version. Individual left eye and right eye views are also included.

Visualization Credits

Greg Shirah (NASA/GSFC): Lead Animator
Lawrence Friedl (NASA/HQ): Producer
Maria D. Nowak (NASA/GSFC): Producer
Karen Yuen (NASA/JPL CalTech): Producer
Tom Bridgman (GST): Project Support
Please give credit for this item to:
NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center Scientific Visualization Studio

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Data Used:
CelesTrak Spacecraft Orbit Ephemeris
GEOS-5 Atmospheric Model on the Cubed-Sphere also referred to as: GEOS-5 Cubed-Sphere
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 and the cubed-sphere work is described here
Terra and Aqua/MODIS/Blue Marble: Next Generation also referred to as: BMNG
The Blue Marble data is courtesy of Reto Stockli (NASA/GSFC).
Hipparcos/Telescope/Tycho 2 Catalogue also referred to as: Tycho Catalogue
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.

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3D Viewfinder

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