Earth Observing Fleet - Now

  • Released Monday, January 30, 2023
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An animated view of NASA's Earth observing fleet, as it looks today. This 30 second visualization is updated once per day. Time shown in UTC.


These visualizations show the current orbits of NASA's fleet of Earth observing spacecraft. Satellite orbits are generated using today's two-line element sets (TLEs). The still image at the top of the page is updated every 10 minutes. The video is updated once per day.

Spacecraft included:
• Aqua
• Aura
• CYGNSS-1: Cyclone Global Navigation Satellite System 1
• CYGNSS-2: Cyclone Global Navigation Satellite System 2
• CYGNSS-3: Cyclone Global Navigation Satellite System 3
• CYGNSS-4: Cyclone Global Navigation Satellite System 4
• CYNGSS-5: Cyclone Global Navigation Satellite System 5
• CYGNSS-7: Cyclone Global Navigation Satellite System 7
• CYGNSS-8: Cyclone Global Navigation Satellite System 8
• GPM: Global Precipitation Measurement
• GRACE-FO-1: Gravity Recovery and Climate Experiment Follow On-1
• GRACE-FO-2: Gravity Recovery and Climate Experiment Follow On-2
• ICESat-2
• ISS: International Space Station
• Landsat 8
• Landsat 9
• OCO-2: Orbiting Carbon Observatory-2
• PACE: Plankton, Aerosol, Cloud, ocean Ecosystem
• SMAP: Soil Moisture Passive Active
• Suomi NPP: Suomi National Polar-orbiting Partnership
• Sentinel-6 Michael Freilich
• SWOT
• Terra
• TROPICS-01 (Pathfinder)
• TROPICS-03
• TROPICS-05
• TROPICS-06
• TROPICS-07

The clouds used in this version are from a high resolution GEOS model run at 10 minute time steps interpolated down to the per-frame level. The timeframe for this model does not match the date in this fleet visualization, so the clouds shown do not represent actual conditions for today.

An animated view of NASA's Earth observing fleet, as it looks today. This 30 second visualization is updated once per day. Time shown in UTC. This version has no star background.

An animated view of NASA's Earth observing fleet, as it looks today. This 30 second visualization is updated once per day. Time shown in UTC. This version is a square aspect ratio (2160x2160) with no star background.



Credits

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NASA's Scientific Visualization Studio

Release date

This page was originally published on Monday, January 30, 2023.
This page was last updated on Tuesday, May 21, 2024 at 8:15 PM EDT.


Datasets used in this visualization

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