NASA Earth Observing Fleet (February 2015)

  • Released Thursday, February 26th, 2015
  • Updated Friday, August 25th, 2023 at 12:05AM
  • ID: 4274

A newer version of this visualization can be found here.

This animation shows the orbits of NASA's fleet of Earth remote sensing observatories as of February 2015.

The satellites include components of the A-Train:

Recently launched missions:the International Space Station
and eleven others:
These satellites measure rainfall, solar irradiance, clouds, sea surface height, ocean salinity, and other aspects of the global environment. Together, they provide a picture of the Earth as a system.

This is an update of entry 4208. This update includes a version created for display on the NASA Center for Climate Simulation (NCCS) hyperwall, a 5 x 3 array of high-definition displays with a total pixel resolution of 9600 x 3240. The orbits are based on orbital elements with epochs on February 10, 2015. The date shown in the animation is 2015 Februrary 16 with times from 00:00:00 GMT to 12:00:00 GMT.

There are two other versions: without TRMM; and without TRMM or EO-1.


Please give credit for this item to:
NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center Scientific Visualization Studio


This visualization can be found in the following series:

Datasets used in this visualization

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:

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CelesTrak Spacecraft Orbit Ephemeris
GEOS-5 Cubed-Sphere (A.K.A. GEOS-5 Atmospheric Model on the 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

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