Earth Day 2020: Apollo-8 to Earth observing fleet
Push in from the far side of the Moon to Apollo-8 take the "Earthrise" photo; then push in to NASA's Earth observing fleet in 1970 (the first Earth Day), then transition to the Earth observing fleet in 2020 (the 50th anniversary of Earth Day)
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This visualization was created as an introductory shot to video celebrating the 50th anniersary of Earth Day. The camera approaches the moon from the far side, with Earth behind the moon. The camera moves over the limb revealing Apollo-8, when Bill Anders took the iconic "Earthrise" photo that inspired Earth Day and the environmental movement.
The camera then pushes in quickly to the Earth revealing the Earth observing spacecraft that were in orbit in 1970, the year of the first Earth Day. Finally, the orbits from other years are flashed on until we reach the orbits for 2020, the 50th anniversary of Earth Day.
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NASA's Scientific Visualization Studio
- Ryan Fitzgibbons (KBR Wyle Services, LLC)
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Datasets used in this visualization
CelesTrak Spacecraft Orbit EphemerisID: 454Ephemeris
Terra and Aqua BMNG (Blue Marble: Next Generation)ID: 508Collected with MODIS
Credit: The Blue Marble data is courtesy of Reto Stockli (NASA/GSFC).
This dataset can be found at: http://earthobservatory.nasa.gov/Newsroom/BlueMarble/See all pages that use this dataset
LRO DEM (Digital Elevation Map)ID: 653Collected with LOLA
GEOS-5 Cubed-Sphere (GEOS-5 Atmospheric Model on the Cubed-Sphere)ID: 663Model 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.See all pages that use this dataset
Apollo 8 Trajectory ReconstructionID: 735Ephemeris NASA
This dataset can be found at: http://ntrs.nasa.gov/archive/nasa/casi.ntrs.nasa.gov/19740072902_1974072902.pdfSee all pages that use this dataset
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