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- NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center Conceptual Image Lab
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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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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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- NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center Conceptual Image Lab
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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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- NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center Conceptual Image Lab, Model Data from Opher, et al. 2006
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As of August 30, 2007, NASA's Voyager 2 spacecraft has followed its twin Voyager 1 into the solar system's final frontier, a vast region at the edge of our solar system where the solar wind runs up against the thin gas between the stars. Note: Voyager 1 and Voyager 2 headed on different paths out of the Solar System toward interstellar space. Traveling at different speeds and in different directions, Voyager 1 encountered the termination shock at 94 astronomical units (AU) and Voyager 2...
Topics: Heliosphere, Solar System, Heliopause, Voyager, What -- Voyager 1, What -- Voyager 2, What --...
Source: http://svs.gsfc.nasa.gov/goto?10181
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- NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center Conceptual Image Lab
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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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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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- NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center Conceptual Image Lab
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Animation of fragmented magnetic fields on Mars Animator: Chris Meaney (HTSI).
Topics: Magnetic Fields, What -- Mars
Source: http://svs.gsfc.nasa.gov/goto?10173
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QUIKToms in orbit Note: QUIKToms in orbit Animator: Chris Meaney (HTSI).
Topic: QuikTOMS
Source: http://svs.gsfc.nasa.gov/goto?10310
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Cities tend to be 1-10 degrees Fahrenheit warmer than surrounding areas. The added heat destabilizes and changes air circulation around cities. During the warmer months, the added heat creates wind circulations and rising air that produces new clouds enhances existing ones. Under the right conditions, these clouds evolve into rain-producers or storms. Scientists suspect that converging air due to city surfaces of varying heights, like buildings, also promotes rising air needed to produce clouds...
Topics: Byrne, Clouds, Coastal, Convergance, Earth Science, Gonnelli, Heat Island, Rain, Rainfall, Urban,...
Source: http://svs.gsfc.nasa.gov/goto?10013
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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.Hurricane Energy Process - As water vapor is evaporated from the warm ocean surface, it is forced upward in towering convective clouds in the eyewall and rain band regions of the storm. As...
Topics: Earth Science, Gonnelli, Hurricane, Water Vapor, What -- Tropical Rainfall Measuring Mission...
Source: http://svs.gsfc.nasa.gov/goto?10050
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The ACE spacecraft withstanding a solar wind shockwave Note: Ace Spacecraft Animator: Chris Meaney (HTSI).
Topics: ACE, What -- ACE
Source: http://svs.gsfc.nasa.gov/goto?10301
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Note: We get a view from inside the Lambert crater (using a topological DEM model) as LRO passes overhead. Animator: Chris Meaney (HTSI). Producer: Andrew Freeberg (NASA/GSFC). Platforms/Sensors/Data Sets: LRO.
Topics: Crater, HDTV, Lambert, Lunar, Moon, Satellite, Spacecraft, LRO, Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter, What...
Source: http://svs.gsfc.nasa.gov/goto?10276
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This cut away of the Greenland ice sheet shows the high altitude accumulation region and the low altitude ablation (melt) zones. In a warming climate, both melting around the margins and precipitation in the interior increase, causing the ice sheet to grow in the middle and shrink at the edges. Note: This animation illustrates a cutaway of the high altitude accumulation zones and low altitude melt zones. Animator: Susan Twardy (HTSI), Cindy Starr (GST). Scientist: Waleed Abdalati (NASA/HQ)....
Topics: HDTV, Earth Science, Cryosphere, Glaciers/Ice Sheets, Glacier Mass Balance/Ice Sheet Mass Balance,...
Source: http://svs.gsfc.nasa.gov/goto?10152
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Instruments added during SM4 will greatly expand the scientific power of the Hubble Space Telescope, putting Hubble at the "apex" of its capabilities, adding improvement factors of 10-70 times in certain key performance areas. For more information please contact Goddard Space Flight Center Public Affairs Officers Susan Hendrix at 301-286-7745 or Ed Campion at 301-286-0697, http://www.nasa.gov Find more information about the Hubble Space Telescope and Service Mission 4 at...
Topics: Hubble Space Telescope, HST, What -- Hubble Space Telescope (HST), What -- Space Shuttle Orbiter,...
Source: http://svs.gsfc.nasa.gov/goto?10321
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Note: Dead zones are areas of water so devoid of oxygen that sea life cannot live there. If phytoplankton productivity is enhanced by fertilizers or other nutrients, more organic matter is produced at the surface of the ocean. The organic matter sinks to the bottom, where bacteria break it down and release carbon dioxide. Bacteria thrives off excessive organic matter and absorb oxygen, the same oxygen that fish, crabs and other sea creatures rely on for life. Animator: Susan Twardy (HTSI)....
Topic: Gonnelli, Phytoplankton
Source: http://svs.gsfc.nasa.gov/goto?10056
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Note: A coronal mass ejection erupts from the Sun and propagates out through the Solar System. Along the way it is detected by the spacecraft at Jupiter and Saturn. Eventually it is detected by the two Voyager spacecraft beyond the orbit of Pluto. Animator: Walt Feimer (HTSI).
Topics: Coronal Mass Ejection, Jupiter, Solar Flare, Space science, Sun, What -- Sun, What -- Jupiter, What...
Source: http://svs.gsfc.nasa.gov/goto?10045
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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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Animation of the Solar Dynamics Observatory (SDO) in it's deployed location. Note: Beauty Pass' of Solar Dynamics Observatory on-station. Animator: Walt Feimer (HTSI). Platforms/Sensors/Data Sets: SDO.
Topics: Space science, Sun, What -- Solar Dynamics Observatory, What -- Sun
Source: http://svs.gsfc.nasa.gov/goto?10040
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This animation illustrates how water flows from the middle of the United States down to the Mississippi River. Much of the nutrients, fertilizers and pollution that impact the health of the Mississippi River and Gulf of Mexico originate far up stream This sequence begins with a NASA satellite image of the United States. Then, the sequence highlights the Mississippi River. The sequence shows all the tributaries that feed into the Mississippi River. From there the animation expands to the whole...
Topics: Mississippi River, Watershed, Location, Mississippi, Where -- United States of America, Where --...
Source: http://svs.gsfc.nasa.gov/goto?10057
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The Universe is home to numerous extoic and beautiful phenomena, some of which can generate inconceiveable amounts of energy. GLAST (Gamma-ray Large Area Telescope) will open this high-energy world as the first imaging gamma-ray observatory to survey the entire sky every day and with high sensitivity. Astronomers will gain a superior tool to study how black holes, notorious for pulling matter in, can accelerate jets of gas outward at fantastic speeds. Physicists will be able to search for...
Topics: Gamma Ray, HDTV, Satellite, Spacecraft, Space science, Gamma Ray Burst, Astrophysics, Universe,...
Source: http://svs.gsfc.nasa.gov/goto?10166
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Note: Traveling Dust Animation - The dust comes every year during northern Africa's dry season, when storm activity in the Sahara Desert and Sahel generate clouds of dust. The dust originating from fine particles in the arid topsoil is transported into the atmosphere by winds and may be carried in excess of 10,000 feet high into the atmosphere by easterly trade winds. Typically, it takes one to two weeks for the dust clouds to cross the Atlantic Ocean and reach the continental United States.....
Topics: Atmosphere, Byrne, Drought, Dust Cloud, Dust Storm, Earth Science, Gonnelli, Sahara, What -- Earth,...
Source: http://svs.gsfc.nasa.gov/goto?10008
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On Friday, 2008 August 01, a total eclipse of the Sun will be visible from within a narrow coridor that traverses half the Earth. This animation shows the Moon passing between the Earth and Sun. Note: Total Solar Eclipse Animator: Walt Feimer (HTSI). Scientist: Fred Espenak (NASA/GSFC).
Topics: Earth, HDTV, Moon, Solar Eclipse, What -- Sun, What -- Earth, What -- Moon
Source: http://svs.gsfc.nasa.gov/goto?10219
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This animation shows a graphical representation of the electromagnetic spectrum and includes - Radio Waves, Infrared, Visible, Ultraviolet, X-Rays and Gamma Rays Note: Electromagnetic Spectrum Animator: Chris Meaney (HTSI). Editor: Rich Melnick (HTSI). Producer: Rich Melnick (HTSI).
Topic: Gamma Ray, HDTV, Electromagnetic Spectrum
Source: http://svs.gsfc.nasa.gov/goto?10282
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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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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 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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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An artist concept of the spacecraft. The microwave instruments on board NOAA-N Prime are so sensitive that they can see Earth's surface through clouds. NOAA-N Prime will deliver essential atmospheric and surface parameters to use in scientific forecast models. N Prime provides essential critical information for creating accurate weather forecasts 2-3 days in advance. Note: Beauty pass of the NOAA-N Prime satellite. Animator: Chris Meaney (HTSI). Producer: Silvia Stoyanova (UMBC)....
Topics: Atmospheric science, Climate, Geology, HDTV, Human geography, Hurricane, Natural hazards, Remote...
Source: http://svs.gsfc.nasa.gov/goto?10373
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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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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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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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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'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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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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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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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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Instruments added during SM4 will greatly expand the scientific power of the Hubble Space Telescope, putting Hubble at the 'apex' of its capabilities, adding improvement factors of 10-70 times in certain key performance areas.
Topics: Hubble Space Telescope, HST, What -- Hubble Space Telescope (HST), What -- Apex, Where -- Goddard...
Source: http://svs.gsfc.nasa.gov/goto?10318
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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This animation shows the orbits of Magnetospheric Multiscale (MMS) mission, a Solar-Terrestrial Probe mission comprising of four identically instrumented spacecraft that will study the Earth's magnetosphere. Note: Animation of MMS mission orbital path. Animator: Walt Feimer (HTSI). Scientist: Charles Petruzzo (NASA/GSFC). Platforms/Sensors/Data Sets: Magnetospheric MultiScale Mission.
Topic: Magnetic Reconnection
Source: http://svs.gsfc.nasa.gov/goto?10105
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NGTDRS - on orbit Note: NGTDRS in orbit Animator: Chris Meaney (HTSI).
Topic: TDRS, Next Generation TDRS
Source: http://svs.gsfc.nasa.gov/goto?10309
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Gas Purification Process - Most of the landfill gas purification process involves removing water. This animation shows four major steps to purifying the landfill gas for Goddard. First, placed throughout the landfill purification plant, filters sift out tiny trash particles and water. Second, a compressor squeezes out more water. Third, pipes cool gas drooling out even more water. Finally, the gas is reheated and transported to Goddard. Warm gas reduces moisture. Note: This animation shows four...
Topics: Earth Science, Atmosphere, Atmospheric Chemistry/Carbon and Hydrocarbon Compounds, Methane, Earth...
Source: http://svs.gsfc.nasa.gov/goto?10087
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The IMAGE and Cluster spacecraft were ideally positioned in their orbits to view the reconnection event which led to the proton aurora formation. Note: Movie showing IMAGE and Cluster in position for the event. Animator: Walt Feimer (HTSI). Platforms/Sensors/Data Sets: Cluster.
Topic: Aurora, Magnetic Reconnection, Space science
Source: http://svs.gsfc.nasa.gov/goto?10038
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Animator: Walt Feimer (HTSI).
Source: http://svs.gsfc.nasa.gov/goto?10095
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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?10098
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Note: This animated sequence takes a view from inside a large crater as LRO passes overhead. 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 --...
Source: http://svs.gsfc.nasa.gov/goto?10277
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A 720 degree spin of the LRO spacecraft including both a version with the scientific instruments labeled and without labels. Note: A 720 degree spin of LRO with labels on the 6 major instruments and Mini-RF technology demonstration. Animator: Chris Meaney (HTSI). Producer: Andrew Freeberg (NASA/GSFC). Platforms/Sensors/Data Sets: LRO.
Topics: HDTV, Instrument, Lunar, Moon, Satellite, Spacecraft, LRO, Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter, What --...
Source: http://svs.gsfc.nasa.gov/goto?10279
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LEX is one of the candidates for inclusion in the LRO mission - LEX will sample the lunar soil as well as search for signs of water. Note: A step by step walkthrough of the Boomerang mission from launch to return of the sample capsule Animator: Chris Meaney (HTSI). Scientist: James Garvin (NASA/HQ).
Topics: Boom, HDTV, Lunar, Moon, Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter, What -- Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter (LRO),...
Source: http://svs.gsfc.nasa.gov/goto?10312
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WMAP is mapping the sky for radio based emissions Note: WMAP heading away from Earth Animator: Chris Meaney (HTSI).
Topics: WMAP, What -- WMAP, What -- Earth
Source: http://svs.gsfc.nasa.gov/goto?10308