“The Hologlobe” by Watters

  • ©Tom Watters  NASA Goddard Space Flight Center (GESTAR/USRA)


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    The Hologlobe


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  • NASA Goddard Space Flight Center (GESTAR/USRA)


    The Hologlobe displays Earth- science data in a unique educational and entertaining display at the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History. The Hologlobe was unveiled by Vice President Al Gore last August as part of the Smithsonian’s 150th birthday celebration. The Hologlobe images are moving images from atmospheric, oceanic, biologic, and geologic data that have been collected from satellite observations. The series of animations include a perspective of Earth as seen from the Galileo spacecraft as well as observations revealing water vapor, cloud cover, vegetation, sea surface temperature, El Nino, plate boundaries, earthquakes, and volcanoes. The Hologlobe project supports NASA’s mission of communicating science to the general public.

Additional Contributors:

    Producer: Smithsonian Hologlobe
    Institutional Contributors: The Smithsonian Institution National Science Foundation (NSF)
    Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA)
    Global Change Research Program (GCRP)
    National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA)
    National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)
    Private Contributors: Dynamic Media Associates (DMA)
    New York Film and Animation Co.
    Silicon Graphics Inc. (SGI)
    Hughes STX Corp.

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