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SVS hosts COVID-19 Earth Observation supporting materials

The COVID-19 Earth Observation Dashboard is a tri-agency collaboration that brings together current and historical satellite observations with analytical tools to create a user-friendly information resource for the public and researchers. The dashboard tracks key indicators of changes in air and water quality, climate, economic activity, and agriculture. A link to the COVID-19 Earth Observation Dashboard along with supporting graphics is available on the SVS website.

GPM Hurricane Maria Video Highlighted on ACM/SIGGrAPH Blog

The GPM's 360 video "Inside Hurricane Maria in 360 Degrees," which showcases GPM radar and radiometer data, was recently featured on an ACM/SIGGRAPH blog that discusses the making of the visualization. SIGGRAPH is the preeminent organization in computer graphics in the world, and this visualization was presented at the SIGGRAPH conference's Virtual Reality Theater this past summer by Greg Shirah (606.4), Kel Elkins (606.4/USRA), and Alex Kekesi (606.4/GST).

Poster Blowout 2019 is in the books!

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Photos from this year's Poster Blowout are available now. Congratulations to everyone, especially this year's winners!

SED Staff Assist The New York Times

Owen Kelley (610.2/GMU) and Alex Kekesi (606.4/GST) assisted The New York Times in creating a visualization story on Super Typhoon Mangkhut using GPM DPR data.

Poster Blowout 2018

Note from the Director:
I would like to thank the Director’s Science Committee for putting on an amazingly successful event where scientists and engineers across Goddard shared their work and made new contacts. The interdisciplinary interactions were especially exciting and crossed all four science disciplines.

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3D Carbon Dioxide Visualization Appears in Prestigious Festival

A scientific visualization of 3D global carbon dioxide data is appearing at this week’s SIGGRAPH 2017 Computer Animation Festival in Los Angeles, California. From hundreds of submissions the visualization is among only 25 videos selected for the prestigious Electronic Theater. The first screening is tonight at the Los Angeles Convention Center.

Science Jamboree event photos

The 2016 Science Jamboree was a great success! A collection of 50 photos from the event are available now.

Lunar map built with Discover supercomputer on Geophysical Research Letters cover

cover image thumbnailA GRAIL mission lunar map built with help from the NASA Center for Climate Simulation (606.2) Discover supercomputer and visualized by the Scientific Visualization Studio’s Ernie Wright (606.4/USRA) graces the 5/28/2014 cover of Geophysical Research Letters.

The visualization also appears in “Science Graphic of the Week: A Psychedelic Gravity Map of the Moon’s Surface,” Wired, 6/26/2014.

SVS visualization wins NSF/Science magazine award

A jury appointed by the National Science Foundation (NSF) and Science magazine has selected "Excerpt from Dynamic Earth" as the winner of the 2013 NSF International Science and Engineering Visualization Challenge for the Video category. This animation will be highlighted in the February 2014 special section of Science and will be hosted on and

Planet on Fire on NASA Viz iPad app

The story “Planet on Fire” went live in the NASA Visualization Explorer iPad app on March 7. It showcases a global tour of fires from the MODIS instruments aboard the Terra and Aqua satellites and the GEOS-5/GOCART models run by the Global Modeling and Assimilation Office (GMAO, 610.1) on the NASA Center for Climate Simulation (NCCS, 606.2) Discover supercomputer. The story has received over 131,700 hits. The story content is available on the Scientific Visualization Studio (SVS, 606.4) website.

SVS visualization featured in Science Magazine

Science coverThe February 2013 issue of Science Magazine features an image made by Ernest T. Wright (606.4) from the Scientific Visualization Studio (SVS). The image highlights the free-air gravity map developed by the Gravity Recovery and Interior Laboratory (GRAIL) mission. The Science cover can be seen at:

SVS visualization featured in National Geographic

The February 2013 issue of National Geographic magazine highlights the Scientific Visualization Studio (SVS, Code 606.4) visualization “Perpetual Ocean” in a full-page story. The visualization is available on their digital edition.

Horace Mitchell receives Information Science & Technology Award

This year's Excellence in Information Science and Technology award goes to Horace Mitchell, who leads the Scientific Visualization Studio (SVS). Horace is being recognized for leading the SVS in producing visualizations of NASA scientific data for use in public media outlets using many processes from the film and animation industry. Congratulations to Horace on this recognition by the center of his contributions!

SVS Animation Wins at Goddard Film Festival

"Sentinels of the Heliosphere," an animation created by SIVO's Scientific Visualization Studio, won for "Best Science" and "Best in Show" at the 2009 Goddard Film Festival.

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