COVID-19 Earth Observing Fleet
This animation shows the orbits of satellites that NASA is using to study the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on the environment. It includes assets from our domestic partners, such as the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) and the U.S. Geological Survey, our international partners, such as the European Space Agency (ESA) and the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA), and our commercial partner Planet Labs.
Together, our combined measurements are providing the spatial and temporal breadth to more fully characterize and understand how society’s changing behavior during the pandemic is affecting the Earth system.
The clouds used in this version are from a high resolution GEOS model run at 10 minute time steps interpolated down to the per-frame level.
Suomi NPP: Suomi National Polar-orbiting Partnership
OCO-2: Orbiting Carbon Observatory-2
ISS: International Space Station
Planet Labs 178 nanosatellites
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Datasets used in this visualization
CelesTrak Spacecraft Orbit EphemerisID: 454Ephemeris 11/2020
Terra and Aqua BMNG (Blue Marble: Next Generation)ID: 508Collected with MODIS
Credit: The Blue Marble data is courtesy of Reto Stockli (NASA/GSFC).
This dataset can be found at: http://earthobservatory.nasa.gov/Newsroom/BlueMarble/See all pages that use this dataset
GEOS Atmospheric ModelID: 665Model NASA GMAO
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