Landsat Data Continuity Mission (LDCM) Orbits
- Visualizations by:
- Cindy Starr
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This animation portrays how the LDCM satellite will orbit the Earth 13 times per day at an altitude of 705 km collecting landcover data. With a cross-track width of 185 km, the satellite will completely cover the globe in a 16 day period compiling a total of 233 orbits. A day number and the elapsed time are shown to clearly depict the passage of time which starts slowly in the beginning and increases to day-by-day steps at the end of the animation. The terrain is exaggerated by 6 times during the first day portrayed, but is increased to 12 times when the camera pulls out to a global view. An artificial orbit trail is shown following the spacecraft to indicate its position when the satellite itself is too small to be visible.
Please give credit for this item to:
NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center Scientific Visualization Studio The Blue Marble data is courtesy of Reto Stockli (NASA/GSFC).
- Ernie Wright (USRA)
- Greg Shirah (NASA/GSFC)
- Rachel Kreutzinger (USRA)
- Walt Feimer (KBRwyle)
- Cindy Starr (GST) [Lead]
- James R. Irons (NASA/GSFC)
- Matthew Radcliff (KBRwyle)
MissionsThis visualization is related to the following missions:
Datasets used in this visualization
ICESat GLAS/ICESat 1 km Laser Altimetry Digital Elevation Model of Greenland (Collected with the GLAS sensor)
Terra and Aqua Blue Marble Cloud Cover (Collected with the MODIS sensor)
Credit: The Blue Marble data is courtesy of Reto Stockli (NASA/GSFC).See more visualizations using this data set
Terra and Aqua BMNG (A.K.A. Blue Marble: Next Generation) (Collected with the MODIS sensor)
Credit: The Blue Marble data is courtesy of Reto Stockli (NASA/GSFC).
Dataset can be found at: http://earthobservatory.nasa.gov/Newsroom/BlueMarble/See more visualizations using this data set
GTOPO30 Topography and Bathymetry
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