Earth  ID: 3830

Aquarius Satellite & Data Pre-launch Beauty Shot

Aquarius is a focused satellite mission to measure global Sea Surface Salinity. After its planned 09-Jun-11 launch, it will provide the global view of salinity variability needed for climate studies. The Aquarius / SAC-D mission is being developed by NASA and the Space Agency of Argentina (Comision Nacional de Actividades Espaciales, CONAE). The satellite model depicted in this animation is an artist rendition and intentionally exaggerated so as to remain visible as it flies around the globe. Had the satellite model been rendered true-to-scale, it would not be visible when we pull out to see the full earth.


Visualization Credits

Alex Kekesi (GST): Lead Animator
Ernie Wright (UMBC): Lead Animator
Greg Shirah (NASA/GSFC): Animator
Chris Meaney (HTSI): Animator
Walt Feimer (HTSI): Animator
Brooke Harris (UMBC): Producer
Gene Feldman (NASA/GSFC): Scientist
Norman Kuring (NASA/GSFC): Scientist
Fred Patt (SAIC): Scientist
David Levine (NASA/GSFC): Scientist
Gary Lagerloef (ESR): Scientist
Shiloh Heurich (GST): Project Support
James W. Williams (GST): Project Support
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NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center Scientific Visualization Studio

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Aquarius Pre-Launch

SVS >> Satellite dynamics
GCMD >> Earth Science >> Oceans >> Salinity/Density
GCMD >> Earth Science >> Oceans >> Salinity/Density >> Salinity
GCMD >> Earth Science >> Solid Earth >> Geodetics/Gravity >> Satellite Orbits
GCMD >> Location >> Sea Surface
NASA Science >> Earth

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