When we feel The Earth beneath our feet, see it with our eyes, hear it when the
wind blows, we perceive only the most obvious filaments of a far more complex
place. Only with exquisite machines--spacecraft in orbit and powerful computers
on the ground--can humanity begin to uncover the elegant nature of our complex
Presented here are a collection of data visualizations based on observations
gathered by a fleet of spacecraft. In various depictions we see the currents of
the world's oceans, changes in temperature and land cover over time, and
precipitation as it cycles energy and water around our living planet.
But The Earth is only one part of a dynamic sphere, and with its companion The
Moon nearby, we cannot hlep but remeber that our whole planet travels in a
wider ocean. This video presents Earth's Moon with data gathered by the
remarkable Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter, an advanced probe designed to map our
planetary companion in unprecedented detail.
Finally, our place in space would be cold and lifeless if it were not for our
omnipresent star, The Sun. Shining ceaselessly in the void, it bathes our home
planet in life giving energy, and holds The Earth, The Moon, and everything
else in the solar system in its gravitational thrall.
The data used in the creation of this video come from a wide range of
spacecraft, all part of NASA's broader Science Mission Directorate.
Credit: Michael Starobin, Producer
All data visualizations provided by the Scientific Visualization Studio