Earth  Planets and Moons  ID: 4801

Earth Day 2020: Apollo-8 to Earth observing fleet

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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Visualization Credits

Greg Shirah (NASA/GSFC): Lead Visualizer
Ernie Wright (USRA): Visualizer
Horace Mitchell (NASA/GSFC): Visualizer
Ryan Fitzgibbons (USRA): Producer
Laurence Schuler (ADNET): Technical Support
Ian Jones (ADNET): Technical Support
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NASA's Scientific Visualization Studio

The Blue Marble data is courtesy of Reto Stockli (NASA/GSFC).

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Data Used:
CelesTrak Spacecraft Orbit Ephemeris
Terra and Aqua/MODIS/Blue Marble: Next Generation
LRO/LOLA/Digital Elevation Map
GEOS-5 Atmospheric Model on the Cubed-Sphere
Apollo 8 Trajectory Reconstruction
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