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Beauty pass of Calipso spacecraft on orbit over Earth Note: Calipso in orbit over Earth Animator: Chris Meaney (HTSI).
Topics: Calipso, What -- CALIPSO, What -- Earth
Source: http://svs.gsfc.nasa.gov/goto?10285
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Stills from the animation series, suitable for framing Note: Print 1 Animator: Chris Meaney (HTSI).
Topics: Calipso, What -- CALIPSO
Source: http://svs.gsfc.nasa.gov/goto?10316
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POLAR looks at the polar aurora and sun-earth connection long term effects. Note: Polar Spacecraft in orbit Animator: Chris Meaney (HTSI).
Topics: Polar Ice, What -- Polar, What -- Sun, What -- Earth
Source: http://svs.gsfc.nasa.gov/goto?10307
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Reigning on Earth's Climate - Only about 70% of the solar energy that reaches Earth is absorbed, while the other 30% is reflected back into space by atmosphere and aerosols, ocean/land and clouds. A closer view reveals a delicate balance between absorption and reflection as well as a release of energy by rocks, air and sea warming and emitting increasing amounts of thermal radiation (heat) in the form of long-wave infrared light. This radiation allows Earth to lose heat at the same rate it...
Topics: Earth Science, Sun-earth Interactions, Ionosphere/Magnetosphere Particles, Energy Deposition, What...
Source: http://svs.gsfc.nasa.gov/goto?10102
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The study of meteorology presents significant challenges to scientists. One of the most challenging aspects is the inherent complexity of weather coupled with its high rate of change. In the case of clouds, scientists seek new insights into how they form, behave, and interact with the Earth's atmosphere. Engineers designed Cloudsat and Calipso to deliver the data needed by scientists to provide new understanding of how clouds, water vapor, ice particles, and aerosols affect the weather. Note:...
Topics: Atmospheric science, Climate, Weather, Earth Science, Atmosphere, Clouds, Cloud Liquid Water/Ice,...
Source: http://svs.gsfc.nasa.gov/goto?10091
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This movie illustrates how the Earth's axial tilt is responsible for the changing solar insolation with the seasons. Note: Changing seasons as the Earth orbits. Animator: Walt Feimer (HTSI).
Topics: Earth, Seasons, Space science, Sun, What -- Earth, What -- Sun
Source: http://svs.gsfc.nasa.gov/goto?10065
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Water Vapor And Climate Change - There is no more important greenhouse gas than water vapor. As one of the fundamental parts of Earth's atmosphere, water vapor affects global warming in both positive and negative terms, and offers a trail for scientists to follow towards a better understanding about how the planet functions as a whole. It's also one of the principal aspects of the Earth's climate targeted for study by the Aqua satellite. By applying integrated analytic tools to the study of...
Topics: Byrne, Condensation, Earth Science, Evaporation, Gonnelli, Precipitation, Rain, Transpiration,...
Source: http://svs.gsfc.nasa.gov/goto?10017
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Because of their high altitude, near the edge of space, noctilucent clouds shine at night when the Sun's rays hit them from below while the lower atmosphere is bathed in darkness. Also known as Polar Mesospheric Clouds or PMCs, they typically form in the cold, summer polar mesosphere and are made of water ice crystals. In April 2007 the Aeronomy of Ice in the Mesosphere (AIM) Mission was launched with the express purpose of studying noctilucent clouds. Note: Because of their high altitude, near...
Topics: Byrne, Clouds, Gonnelli, Noctilucent, Shuttle, Location, Polar, Location, Mesosphere, AIM,...
Source: http://svs.gsfc.nasa.gov/goto?10002
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This animation illustrates the dust storm caused by the drought in the 1930's. Note: This is the standard definition version of the Dust Storm animaiton MPEG. Animator: Susan Twardy (HTSI). Scientist: Siegfried D. Schubert (NASA/GSFC). Writer: Rani Chohan (NASA/GSFC).
Topics: Byrne, Drought, Earth Science, Gonnelli, Precipitation, Sea Surface Temperature, What -- Earth
Source: http://svs.gsfc.nasa.gov/goto?10034
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Beyond the Pale--Hyperion Imaging Spectrometer - It's not so much that the Hyperion instrument will be able to see the Earth more 'close up' or have a higher spatial resolution than previous instruments. Yet Hyperion's goals are nothing less than ambitious. The instrument is designed to gather highly complex data from a given region on the Earth by viewing the surface in terms of 220 distinct colors or 'bands' of light. Think of looking at a photograph in black and white and then comparing the...
Topics: Byrne, EO-1, Earth Science, Gonnelli, Hyperion, Imaging, Instrument, Spacial Resolution, What --...
Source: http://svs.gsfc.nasa.gov/goto?10018
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This is a conceptual animation showing how melting ice on land and at sea, can affect the surrounding ocean water, changing both the chemistry and relative sea level. Note: This is the standard definition version of the Ice Albedo-Close Up animation MPEG. Animator: Susan Twardy (HTSI). Scientist: Claire Parkinson (NASA/GSFC). Writer: Michael Starobin (HTSI), Sarah DeWitt (NASA/GSFC).
Topics: Albedo, Byrne, Earth Science, Gonnelli, Ice, Reflectivity, Sea Ice, What -- Earth
Source: http://svs.gsfc.nasa.gov/goto?10020
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This solar flare animation illustrates the role of magnetic field lines and reconnection events in the phenomenon. Note: Movie of simplified solar flare model Animator: Walt Feimer (HTSI).
Topics: Solar Flare, Space science, Sun, What -- Sun
Source: http://svs.gsfc.nasa.gov/goto?10035
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An artist conception of the surface of Venus to Venus transit Animator: Walt Feimer (HTSI).
Topics: Space science, Sun, Transit, Venus, What -- Venus, What -- Sun
Source: http://svs.gsfc.nasa.gov/goto?10042
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GLAST will carry two instruments: the Large Area Telescope (LAT) and the GLAST Burst Monitor (GBM). The LAT is GLAST's primary instrument and consists of four components: the Tracker, the Calorimeter, the Anticoincidence Detector (ACD), and the Data Acquisition System (DAQ). These instrument components working together will detect gamma rays by using Einstein's famous equation (E=mc(squared) in a technique known as pair production. The GLAST Burst Monitor is a complementary instrument and...
Topics: Gamma Ray, HDTV, Satellite, Spacecraft, Space science, Gamma Ray Burst, Astrophysics, Universe,...
Source: http://svs.gsfc.nasa.gov/goto?10164
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Gamma rays are the highest-energy forms of light in the electromagnetic spectrum and they can have over a billion times the energy of the type of light visible to the human eye. Gamma rays can be created in several different ways: a high-energy particle can collide with another particle, a particle can collide and annihilate with its anti-particle, an element can undergo radioactive decay, or a charged particle can be accelerated. In this animation, we see a high-energy photon collide with a...
Topics: Gamma Ray, HDTV, Space science, Spectrum, Gamma Ray Burst, Astrophysics, Universe, GLAST,...
Source: http://svs.gsfc.nasa.gov/goto?10155
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STEREO A and B get a gravity-assist for their trajectory in a fly-by of the Moon. Note: Stereo uses lunar gravity Animator: Chris Meaney (HTSI). Scientist: Therese Kucera (NASA/GSFC). Platforms/Sensors/Data Sets: STEREO.
Topics: Space science, Sun, What -- STEREO A, What -- Moon, What -- STEREO, What -- Sun
Source: http://svs.gsfc.nasa.gov/goto?10061
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Note: This animation tracks with LRO as it passes above a large lunar crater. Animator: Chris Meaney (HTSI). Producer: Andrew Freeberg (NASA/GSFC). Platforms/Sensors/Data Sets: LRO.
Topics: Crater, HDTV, Lunar, Moon, Satellite, Spacecraft, LRO, Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter, What -- Lunar...
Source: http://svs.gsfc.nasa.gov/goto?10274
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Swift searches for Gamma Ray Bursts and stellar explosions Note: Swift leaves the darkness, camera zooms in to catch the spacecraft crossing Earth. Animator: Chris Meaney (HTSI). Producer: Chris Meaney (HTSI). Platforms/Sensors/Data Sets: Swift.
Topics: Gamma Ray, Satellite, Spacecraft, Space science, Gamma Ray Burst, Universe, Stars, Space, Swift,...
Source: http://svs.gsfc.nasa.gov/goto?10298
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EO-1 Takes High Resolution images of Earth Note: EO-1 Overhead View Animator: Chris Meaney (HTSI).
Topics: EO-1, What -- EO 1, What -- Earth
Source: http://svs.gsfc.nasa.gov/goto?10304
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This animation was used to illustrate a gamma ray burst that NASA's SWIFT might see. Note: Gamma Ray Burst Animator: Walt Feimer (HTSI). Editor: Rich Melnick (HTSI). Platforms/Sensors/Data Sets: Swift.
Topics: Gamma Ray, HDTV, Space science, Gamma Ray Burst, Astrophysics, Universe, GLAST, Space, Swift, Gamma...
Source: http://svs.gsfc.nasa.gov/goto?10245
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Arctic Vortex - During winter, stratospheric winds (uppermost atmosphere) tend to form a vortex around the North Pole. These polar clouds lead to chemical reactions that affect the chemical form of chlorine in the stratosphere. In certain chemical forms, chlorine can deplete the ozone layer. Note: This is the standard definition version of the Arctic Vortex animation MPEG. Animator: Susan Twardy (HTSI). Scientist: Paul Newman (NASA/GSFC). Writer: Michael Starobin (HTSI).
Topics: Arctic Jetstream, Atmosphere, Byrne, Earth Science, Gonnelli, Ozone, Stratospheric Clouds,...
Source: http://svs.gsfc.nasa.gov/goto?10005
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Join a ride with electrons along the Earth's magnetic field line to the formation site of the aurora. Note: View of the Earth's geomagnetic field and following the electrons down to the aurora formation. Animator: Walt Feimer (HTSI). Platforms/Sensors/Data Sets: 3D Unstructured-mesh Magnetosphere Simulation.
Topic: Aurora, Electron, Geomagnetic Field, Magnetic Fields, Magnetosphere, Space science
Source: http://svs.gsfc.nasa.gov/goto?10058
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GLAST's launch is scheduled for early 2008 from Cape Canaveral Air Station on Florida's eastern coast. GLAST will be carried on a Delta II Heavy launch vehicle, with 9 solid rocket boosters. The solids are actually from the Delta III series (hence the term 'heavy'), mounted on a Delta II. It has a 10-foot fairing and two stages. Stowed in the launch vehicle, the spacecraft is 9.2 feet (2.8 meters) high by 8.2 feet (2.5 meters) in diameter. Once deployed, GLAST becomes a little bit taller and...
Topics: Gamma Ray, HDTV, Satellite, Spacecraft, Space science, Gamma Ray Burst, Astrophysics, Universe,...
Source: http://svs.gsfc.nasa.gov/goto?10168
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Electrons rain down from the Earth's radiation belts, exciting atoms into radiative states along the way. Note: Electrons collide with atoms sending them into radiative states. Animator: Walt Feimer (HTSI). Scientist: Nicola Fox (Johns Hopkins University/APL), Art Poland (NASA/GSFC).
Topics: Aurora, Where -- Poland
Source: http://svs.gsfc.nasa.gov/goto?10077
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New studies show that the Sun's active regions -- areas of intense eruptions -- are formed from many small magnetic structures (white loops) that rise from deep within the interior, then pierce the surface to form sunspots (dark areas). These structures appear as giant arches when electrified gas (plasma) passes through their magnetic fields. Note: Magnetic field lines poke through the solar surface, producing sunspots and occasionally flares. Animator: Walt Feimer (HTSI).
Topics: Coronal Mass Ejection, Earth Science, Sun-earth Interactions, Solar Activity, Solar Flares, Earth...
Source: http://svs.gsfc.nasa.gov/goto?10074
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Understanding the variability of the density of ocean water is critical to understanding changes in the ocean's circulation, particularly those parts of the circulation that pertain to climate. In the tropics, the sun warms the surface water and causes that water to expand. Because the surface water is now less dense than the cooler water below, the warmest waters remain near the surface. Near the poles, the energy input by the sun is not as strong, and the surface waters are not warmed to the...
Topics: Climate, Earth Science, Oceans, Salinity/Density, Earth Science, Oceans, Ocean Circulation,...
Source: http://svs.gsfc.nasa.gov/goto?10093
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This animation takes us into a spinning pulsar, with its strong magnetic field rotating along with it. Clouds of charged particles move along the field lines and their gamma-rays are beamed like a lighthouse beacon by the magnetic fields. As our line of sight moves into the beam, we see the pulsations once every rotation of the neutron star. Note: This animation shows gamma-rays from a pulsar Animator: Walt Feimer (HTSI). Scientist: Alice Harding (NASA/GSFC), Steven Ritz (NASA/GSFC)....
Topics: Gamma Ray, HDTV, Space science, Universe, Pulsar, GLAST, Space, Fermi, What -- Beacon, What --...
Source: http://svs.gsfc.nasa.gov/goto?10205
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Note: Here we follow LRO as it moves along it's orbit high above the lunar surface. Animator: Chris Meaney (HTSI). Producer: Andrew Freeberg (NASA/GSFC). Platforms/Sensors/Data Sets: LRO.
Topics: HDTV, Lunar, Moon, Satellite, Spacecraft, LRO, Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter, What -- Lunar...
Source: http://svs.gsfc.nasa.gov/goto?10280
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Observations from NASA's twin Solar Terrestrial Relations Observatory (STEREO) spacecraft allowed scientists, for the first time, to reveal the true size and shape of solar explosions known as coronal mass ejections, or CMEs, in three dimensions. Note: Dr. Angelos Vourlidas, the Project Scientist for STEREO's Sun Earth Connection Coronal and Heliospheric Investivation (SECCHI) instrument, explains how the STEREO satellites have been able to observe the true size, shape, and three-dimensional...
Topics: CME, HDTV, Sun, What -- Solar TErrestrial RElations Observatory, What -- STEREO, What -- Sun, What...
Source: http://svs.gsfc.nasa.gov/goto?10418
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Note: A closer look at one of the THEMIS spacecraft. Animator: Walt Feimer (HTSI). Scientist: Vassilis Angelopoulos (University of California, Berkeley). Platforms/Sensors/Data Sets: THEMIS.
Topics: THEMIS, What -- THEMIS, Where -- California
Source: http://svs.gsfc.nasa.gov/goto?10094
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The Argo instrument probe. It works in conjunction with many others of it's kind to collect data about ocean currents. Note: This animation shows the Argo probe on the ocean surface as it relays information. It then decends below the surface to collect additional data. Animator: Chris Meaney (HTSI).
Topic: Argo
Source: http://svs.gsfc.nasa.gov/goto?10286
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This animation shows the Earth's magnetosphere based on a magnetosphere model from the Community Coordinated Modeling Center at GSFC. Note: 3-D Anaglyph Animator: Walt Feimer (HTSI).
Topics: HDTV, Magnetic Fields, Magnetosphere, Stereo Display, What -- STEREO, Where -- Goddard Space Flight...
Source: http://svs.gsfc.nasa.gov/goto?10111
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The ionized wind from the Sun generates reconnection in the Earth's magnetic field. Particles leak in from the radiation belts producing the aurora. Note: The wind from the Sun impacts the Earth's magnetic field. Animator: Walt Feimer (HTSI). Scientist: Nicola Fox (NASA/GSFC).
Topics: Magnetosphere, What -- Sun
Source: http://svs.gsfc.nasa.gov/goto?10072
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The STEREO spacecraft will observed the Sun and the region between the Sun and the Earth from the Lagrange Points of the Sun-Earth system. Note: Stereo spacecraft looks at the sun Animator: Chris Meaney (HTSI). Scientist: Therese Kucera (NASA/GSFC). Platforms/Sensors/Data Sets: STEREO.
Topics: Space science, Sun, What -- STEREO, What -- Sun, What -- Earth
Source: http://svs.gsfc.nasa.gov/goto?10060
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On Friday, August 1, 2008, a total eclipse of the Sun is visible from within a narrow corridor that traverses half the Earth. The path of the Moon's umbral shadow begins in Canada and extends across northern Greenland, the Artic, central Russia, Mongolia and China. A partial eclipse is seen within the much broader path of the Moon's penumbral shadow, which includes northeastern North America, most of Europe and Asia. Note: August 01, 2008, Total Solar Eclipse path. Animator: Walt Feimer (HTSI)....
Topics: Earth, HDTV, Moon, Solar Eclipse, What -- Sun, What -- Earth, What -- Moon, Where -- Canada, Where...
Source: http://svs.gsfc.nasa.gov/goto?10218
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These animations show IBEX and it's two imagers specialized to detect neutral atoms from the solar system's outer boundaries and galactic medium. Note: IBEX Beauty pass two Animator: Walt Feimer (HTSI). Scientist: Eric Christian Ph.D. (NASA/HQ). Platforms/Sensors/Data Sets: IBEX.
Topics: HDTV, Interstellar medium, IBEX, What -- Explorer
Source: http://svs.gsfc.nasa.gov/goto?10180
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Note: The LRO spacecraft traverses from darkness into daylight. Animator: Chris Meaney (HTSI). Producer: Andrew Freeberg (NASA/GSFC). Platforms/Sensors/Data Sets: LRO.
Topics: Beauty Shot, HDTV, Lunar, Moon, Satellite, Spacecraft, LRO, Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter, What --...
Source: http://svs.gsfc.nasa.gov/goto?10273
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Dropsondes Away! - Described by a researcher as 'Pringles cans with parachutes', scientists dropped sensors called 'dropsondes' into 2001's Hurricane Erin to gain temperature, pressure, moisture and wind readings throughout different locations in the hurricane. An ER-2 allows for eight dropsondes deliveries, while the fully staffed DC-8 plane drops as many as 15 dropsondes within the hurricane. Note: This is the standard definition version of the Dropsonde Hurricane MPEG. Animator: Susan Twardy...
Topics: Byrne, DC-8, ER-2, Earth Science, Gonnelli, Moisture, Pressure, Storm, Temperature, Winds,...
Source: http://svs.gsfc.nasa.gov/goto?10009
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Animator: Walt Feimer (HTSI). Scientist: Therese Kucera (NASA/GSFC).
Topics: Coronal Mass Ejection, Space science, Sun, What -- Sun
Source: http://svs.gsfc.nasa.gov/goto?10066
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Methane is a simple compound made of carbon and hydroge. This gas comes from ordinary sources, like cattle herds and garbage dumps. On a planetary scale it also has a significant impact on climate. As it builds up in the atmosphere, it traps energy from the sun like a layer of insulation. Carbon dioxide does much the same thing-it causes global warming by trapping heat. But as experts struggle to curtail global climate change, a decrease of atmospheric methane might be easier to achieve than...
Topics: Global Warming, Earth Science, Atmosphere, Atmospheric Chemistry/Carbon and Hydrocarbon Compounds,...
Source: http://svs.gsfc.nasa.gov/goto?10085
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Two views of a Neutron Star: First, a closeup view of a neutron star cycling before, during and after a gamma ray burst and second, crossing a Protoplanetary Nebula toward an elusive Neutron Star Note: HD 1280x720 - Approaching a Neutron Star across a Protoplanetary Nebula Animator: Chris Meaney (HTSI).
Topic: Gamma Ray, HDTV, Neutron Star, Gamma Ray Burst, Stars, Neutron
Source: http://svs.gsfc.nasa.gov/goto?10300
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Views of a lunar eclipse focusing on the central umbra and relative penumbra shapes as they pass across the Earth sphere. Note: Lunar Eclipse Animator: Chris Meaney (HTSI).
Topics: Lunar, Eclipse, What -- Earth
Source: http://svs.gsfc.nasa.gov/goto?10303
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Experts now estimate that Tamarisk (saltcedar) has infested more than 3.3 million acres in the western United States. Tamarisk is one of our most harmful invasive species because the plant's long roots tap into underground aquifers. Its groundwater-absorbing qualities may be adding to the severity of the drought in the western U.S. NASA and the USGS are working together to develop a National Invasive Species Forecasting System (ISFS) for the management and control of invasive species. The ISFS...
Topics: Earth Science, Biosphere, Ecological Dynamics, Invasive Species, What -- Earth, Where -- United...
Source: http://svs.gsfc.nasa.gov/goto?10096
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The Aeronomy of Ice in the Mesosphere (AIM) mission will provide the first detailed exploration of the Earth's unique and elusive noctilucent or night shining clouds that are found literally on the 'edge of space'. Located near the top of the Earth's mesosphere (the region just above the stratosphere), very little is known about how these polar mesospheric clouds form or why they vary. They are being seen at lower latitudes than ever before and have been growing brighter and more frequent,...
Topics: Clouds, Earth, HDTV, Noctilucent, AIM, What -- Aeronomy of Ice in the Mesosphere, What -- Polar,...
Source: http://svs.gsfc.nasa.gov/goto?10148
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The Sun belches out gas at thousands of kilometers per second as the STEREO A spacecraft looks on. Animator: Walt Feimer (HTSI). Scientist: Therese Kucera (NASA/GSFC). Platforms/Sensors/Data Sets: STEREO.
Topics: HDTV, Space science, Sun, What -- Sun, What -- STEREO A, What -- STEREO
Source: http://svs.gsfc.nasa.gov/goto?10064
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TRMM provides a closer look at hurricanes using a unique combination of passive and active microwave instruments designed to peer inside cloud systems and measure rainfall. TRMM allows scientists to study the combustion process in the hurricane engine and relate this process to intensification or weakening. Note: This is the standard definition version of the Hurricane Heat Engine - Cutaway animation MPEG. Animator: Susan Twardy (HTSI). Scientist: J. Marshall Shepherd (NASA/GSFC).
Topics: Earth Science, Gonnelli, Hurricane, What -- Tropical Rainfall Measuring Mission (TRMM), What --...
Source: http://svs.gsfc.nasa.gov/goto?10049
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Note: This is a conceptual animation showing how polar ice reflects light from the sun. As this ice begins to melt, less sunlight gets reflected into space. It is instead absorbed into the oceans and land, raising the overall temperature, and fueling further melting. Animator: Susan Twardy (HTSI), Cindy Starr (GST).
Topics: Cryology, HDTV, Earth Science, Cryosphere, Glaciers/Ice Sheets, Ice Sheets, Earth Science,...
Source: http://svs.gsfc.nasa.gov/goto?10160
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Experts now estimate that Tamarisk (saltcedar) has infested more than 3.3 million acres in the western United States. Tamarisk is one of our most harmful invasive species because the plant's long roots tap into underground aquifers. Its groundwater-absorbing qualities may be adding to the severity of the drought in the western U.S. NASA and the USGS are working together to develop a National Invasive Species Forecasting System (ISFS) for the management and control of invasive species. The ISFS...
Topics: Earth Science, Biosphere, Ecological Dynamics, Invasive Species, What -- Earth, Where -- United...
Source: http://svs.gsfc.nasa.gov/goto?10097
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The Solar Occultation For Ice Experiment (SOFIE) instrument uses solar occultation to measure cloud particles, temperature and atmospheric gases involved in forming the noctilucent clouds studied by the Aeronomy of Ice in the Mesosphere (AIM) spacecraft. The instrument will reveal the recipe of chemicals that prompt formation of polar mesospheric clouds. It will provide the most accurate and comprehensive look to date of ice particles and chemicals within the clouds as well as of the...
Topics: Atmospheric science, HDTV, Earth Science, Atmosphere, Clouds, Cloud Types, What -- Aeronomy of Ice...
Source: http://svs.gsfc.nasa.gov/goto?10115
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Carbon And The Ocean -- The Slow Cycle - The oceans are vast, and their processes as complex as their waters are deep.Phytoplankton absorbs carbon dioxide from the atmosphere and nutrient rich waters and grows in wide colonies called blooms. These blooms are highly dependent on surrounding environmental conditions. As phytoplankton grows, it forms the foundation for the food chain, thus passing carbon up to higher life forms. But just as on land, links in the ocean's chain of life also break,...
Topics: Atmosphere, Byrne, Carbon Absorption, Carbon Ocean Cycle, Carbon Release, Carbon Reserve, Carbon...
Source: http://svs.gsfc.nasa.gov/goto?10007
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POES spacecraft shown in 3 beauty shots. Additionally shown with cloud, fire, snow and temperature data sets in a registered form. Note: Poes in the sunlight Animator: Chris Meaney (HTSI).
Topic: Ocean, Water, NOAA
Source: http://svs.gsfc.nasa.gov/goto?10296
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Still images from the animation series in print resolution, suitable for framing. Note: print2 Animator: Chris Meaney (HTSI). Producer: Stefanie Misztal (UMBC).
Topics: Atmospheric science, Clouds, Earth Science, Atmosphere, Clouds, AIM, Noctilucent Clouds, Wallpaper,...
Source: http://svs.gsfc.nasa.gov/goto?10320
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The X-ray spectrographic imager observed a serendipitous gamma-ray burst. Note: RHESSI observes a gamma-ray burst Animator: Walt Feimer (HTSI).
Topics: Space science, What -- Imager, What -- RHESSI
Source: http://svs.gsfc.nasa.gov/goto?10036
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TRMM provides a closer look at hurricanes using a unique combination of passive and active microwave instruments designed to peer inside cloud systems and measure rainfall. TRMM allows scientists to study the combustion process in the hurricane engine and relate this process to intensification or weakening. Cloud Growth - The release of latent heat warms the surrounding air, making it lighter, which promotes more vigorous cloud development. It is suspected that rapid bursts of cloud growth,...
Topics: Clouds, Earth Science, Gonnelli, Hurricane, What -- Tropical Rainfall Measuring Mission (TRMM),...
Source: http://svs.gsfc.nasa.gov/goto?10051
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HST spacecraft imaging the lunar surface Note: HST Looks at the Moon Animator: Chris Meaney (HTSI). Producer: Chris Meaney (HTSI).
Topics: HDTV, Moon, Hubble Space Telescope, HST, What -- Hubble Space Telescope (HST), What -- Moon
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Stills from the animation series, suitable for framing. Note: Cloudsat Print #1 Animator: Chris Meaney (HTSI).
Topics: Clouds, Cloudsat, What -- CloudSat
Source: http://svs.gsfc.nasa.gov/goto?10315
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A group of four spacecraft make up the Con-X observatory working in unison to peer into black holes. Note: A single Constellation X spacecraft joins the other three in search of black holes. Animator: Chris Meaney (HTSI).
Topics: HDTV, X-ray, Black Hole, Constellation, Dark Matter, What -- Constellation
Source: http://svs.gsfc.nasa.gov/goto?10291
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A close-up view of a STEREO satellite. Note: STEREO as seen fom Earth's orbit Animator: Chris Meaney (HTSI). Scientist: Therese Kucera (NASA/GSFC). Platforms/Sensors/Data Sets: STEREO.
Topics: HDTV, Space science, Sun, What -- STEREO A, What -- STEREO, What -- Sun
Source: http://svs.gsfc.nasa.gov/goto?10062
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A close-up view of the SORCE satellite in orbit. Note: A close-up view of the SORCE satellite in orbit. Animator: Walt Feimer (HTSI).
Topics: Solar Radiation, Earth Science, Atmosphere, Atmospheric Radiation, Solar Irradiance, Earth Science,...
Source: http://svs.gsfc.nasa.gov/goto?10080
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Animation shows the viewing path of an angular eclipse in June of 2002 Note: The shadow of the Moon projects on the Earth as a dark penumbra and an even darker umbra. Animator: Walt Feimer (HTSI).
Topics: Solar Eclipse, What -- Moon, What -- Earth
Source: http://svs.gsfc.nasa.gov/goto?10075
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A closeup view highlighting LRO's instrumentation - pulling away to reveal the spacecraft's track over the moon Note: This animation is a close-up view highlighting spacecraft instrumentation - pulling away to reveal LRO's track over the moon. Animator: Chris Meaney (HTSI). Producer: Andrew Freeberg (NASA/GSFC). Platforms/Sensors/Data Sets: LRO.
Topics: Beauty Shot, HDTV, Lunar, Moon, Satellite, Spacecraft, LRO, Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter, What --...
Source: http://svs.gsfc.nasa.gov/goto?10272
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A sucessor to TRMM, GPM will monitor global precipitation in various forms using a fleet of spacecraft, networked ground stations and integrated data processing centers. Note: GPM crossing the globe as it passes out of darkness Animator: Chris Meaney (HTSI). Producer: Michael Starobin (HTSI).
Topics: GPM, Global Warming, HDTV, Precipitation, Water, What -- Tropical Rainfall Measuring Mission (TRMM)
Source: http://svs.gsfc.nasa.gov/goto?10293
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Violent events on the Sun can trigger waves much the same as earthquakes can trigger tsunamis on the Earth. Animator: Walt Feimer (HTSI).
Topics: Solar Flare, Space science, Sun, What -- Sun, What -- Earth
Source: http://svs.gsfc.nasa.gov/goto?10041
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Winds Of Death - It is the strong east to west winds that sustain La Nina. The winds cause cool waters to rise to the surface from the ocean depths. When the winds diminish, the supply of cool water is cut off and the ocean begins to warm. Note: This is the standard definition version of the La Nina Retreat animation MPEG. Animator: Susan Twardy (HTSI). Scientist: David Adamec (NASA/GSFC).
Topics: Earth Science, Gonnelli, La Nina, What -- Earth
Source: http://svs.gsfc.nasa.gov/goto?10048
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STEREO A gets a final boost in velocity with a gravity-assist by the Earth. Note: Stereo: Earth Flyby Animator: Chris Meaney (HTSI). Scientist: Therese Kucera (NASA/GSFC). Platforms/Sensors/Data Sets: STEREO.
Topics: Space science, Sun, What -- STEREO A, What -- Earth, What -- STEREO, What -- Sun
Source: http://svs.gsfc.nasa.gov/goto?10063
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GRO spacecraft burns up in Earth's atmosphere Note: Gro burns up Animator: Chris Meaney (HTSI).
Topic: Gamma Ray, Gamma Ray Observatory
Source: http://svs.gsfc.nasa.gov/goto?10305
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Comet Encke data from STEREO Note: Comet Encke Animator: Walt Feimer (HTSI). Scientist: Angelos Vourlidas (NRL).
Topics: HDTV, What -- STEREO
Source: http://svs.gsfc.nasa.gov/goto?10177
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Three Contributing Factors for Rainfall Inhibition - Dust is only one of three types of aerosols which can inhibit rainfall. Previous studies have shown that aerosols from biomass burning (i.e. burning of plant material such as forests, grasslands, and agricultural waste) and aerosols from man-made pollution also contribute to disturbing the rainfall process. This animation highlights the power of these three factors vs. the normal conditions of the rainfall process. In this virtual world, a...
Topics: Aerosols, Byrne, Dust, Earth Science, Gonnelli, Pollution, Rainfall, Soot, Earth Science,...
Source: http://svs.gsfc.nasa.gov/goto?10027
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This animation starts at our Sun and quickly zooms out through the solar system to reveal the Heliosphere and the Heliopause where Voyager I passed through in November 2003. Note: Heliopause movie Animator: Walt Feimer (HTSI). Scientist: Eric Christian Ph.D. (NASA/HQ). Platforms/Sensors/Data Sets: Voyager.
Topics: Galaxy, Heliosphere, Interstellar medium, Sun, Solar System, Heliopause, Voyager, What -- Sun, What...
Source: http://svs.gsfc.nasa.gov/goto?10149
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During the summer melt season, melt water accumulates in undulations on the surface of the Greenland ice sheet. Eventually, these melt lakes drain through crevasses or moulins (tunnels under the ice sheet surface), delivering water to the bottom of the ice sheet. This melt water lubricates the interface between the ice and the bedrock, causing the ice to flow faster toward the sea during summer. As summer melt increases and more melt water is available, the greater its effect on summer ice...
Topics: HDTV, Where -- Greenland
Source: http://svs.gsfc.nasa.gov/goto?10153
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SDO is designed to help us understand the Sun's influence on Earth and Near-Earth space by studying the solar atmosphere on small scales of space and time and in many wavelengths simultaneously. Note: This animation of the Solar Dynamics Observatory shows it above the earth as it faces toward the Sun. Animator: Chris Meaney (HTSI), Ryan Zuber (UMBC). Scientist: William D. Pesnell (NASA/GSFC). Platforms/Sensors/Data Sets: SDO.
Topics: HDTV, Spacecraft, Sun, SDO, What -- Earth, What -- Solar Dynamics Observatory, What -- Sun
Source: http://svs.gsfc.nasa.gov/goto?10162
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The Earth's layers of atmosphere differ in chemical composition and temperature. They combine to create a protective sheild that maintains our delicate energy balance essential for life on Earth. Most weather occures in the nearest layer, the troposphere (0-7 miles). The stratosphere is the level where jet airliners fly and the ozone layer resides (7-30 miles). Beyond that is the coldest part of the atmosphere, the mesosphere where only large helium balloons fly (30-50 miles). Finally, the...
Topics: Atmosphere, Byrne, Earth Science, Gonnelli, Layers, What -- Earth, What -- TIMED
Source: http://svs.gsfc.nasa.gov/goto?10014
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The Earth's layers of atmosphere differ in chemical composition and temperature. They combine to create a protective sheild that maintains our delicate energy balance essential for life on Earth. Most weather occures in the nearest layer, the troposphere (0-7 miles). The stratosphere is the level where jet airliners fly and the ozone layer resides (7-30 miles). Beyond that is the coldest part of the atmosphere, the mesosphere where only large helium balloons fly (30-50 miles). Finally, the...
Topics: Atmospheric science, Earth Science, Atmosphere, What -- Earth
Source: http://svs.gsfc.nasa.gov/goto?10015
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Normal rainfall droplet creation involves water vapor condensing on particles in clouds. The droplets eventually coalesce together to form drops large enough to fall to Earth. However, as more and more pollution particles (aerosols) enter a rain cloud, the same amount of water becomes spread out. These smaller water droplets float with the air and are prevented from coalescing and growing large enough for a raindrop. Thus, the cloud yields less rainfall over the course of its liftime compared...
Topics: Aerosols, Byrne, Clouds, Condensation, Earth Science, Gonnelli, Pollution, Raindrop, Rainfall, What...
Source: http://svs.gsfc.nasa.gov/goto?10010
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As part of the ocean conveyor belt, warm water from the tropical Atlantic moves poleward near the surface where it gives up some of its heat to the atmosphere. This process partially moderates the cold temperatures at higher latitudes. As the warm water gives up its heat it becomes more dense and sinks. This circulation loop is closed as the cooled water makes its way slowly back toward the tropics at lower depths in the ocean. If the poles warm, it is possible that melt water from glaciers and...
Topics: Byrne, Climate, Earth Science, Global Warming, Gonnelli, Ice Age, Ocean Currents, What -- Polar,...
Source: http://svs.gsfc.nasa.gov/goto?10031