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NASA's Earth Observing Fleet: March 2017

This animation shows the orbits of NASA's fleet of Earth observing spacecraft that are considered operational as of March 2017. New elements in this version include the CYGNSS constellation and DSCOVR at L1. 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 following spacecraft are included:
Also included:
  • Stars
  • Moon
  • Sun
  • Earth
  • L1: Sun-Earth Lagrange Point

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Visualization Credits

Greg Shirah (NASA/GSFC): Lead Visualizer
Ernie Wright (USRA): Visualizer
Laurence Schuler (ADNET Systems, Inc.): Technical Support
Ian Jones (ADNET Systems, Inc.): Technical Support
Eric Sokolowsky (GST): Project Support
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Data Used:
Hipparcos/Telescope/Tycho 2 Catalogue
GEOS-5 Atmospheric Model
CelesTrak Spacecraft Orbit Ephemeris
JPL/Horizon Orbital Ephemerides
Space-Track Two-Line Elements
GTOPO30 Topography and Bathymetry
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