All These Worlds Are Yours: Visualizing Space Data

Loose notes from SXSW 2011 session: All These Worlds Are Yours: Visualizing Space Data

At the intersection of video gaming technology, open government and citizen science are new applications making it easier and more fun for the public to explore space data. Get an inside look at virtual environments incorporating real-time spacecraft data and images. Become an armchair astronaut and travel through the cosmos from your personal computer. Ride along with NASA spacecraft, hazardous asteroids and distant planets, or just experience the vastness and beauty of space. All these worlds are yours… including Europa.

A truly awesome session, featuring members of NASA and the JPL, on all of the amazing data being gathered by earth’s orbiting satellites, and the powerful ways that data can be visualized, in many cases illuminating surprising realities about earth’s climate and overall health. The tools for public education coming out of this team are nothing short of stunning.

Douglas Ellison
Founding Admin

Kevin Hussey
Jet Propulsion Laboratory

Miles O’Brien

Veronica McGregor
Mgr News
NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory

On Ustream you can watch the next rover as it’s being built – camera is on 24/7.

Once upon a time, NASA relied on the mainstream media to get information to the public. Now they bypass that, go directly to the public through Twitter, UStream, etc. MSM journalists are losing their jobs, pubs are not doing space coverage.

MSM is in a dive to the bottom. MSM never cared that much about science. When Sci-Tech lost its revenue connection. Now MSNBC reports that staring at breasts is good for a man’s heart.

PBS’ @milesobrien hilarious diatribe about mainstream media and its relation to NASA and science in general.

“We’re no longer “broadcasting” as much as we are having a conversation. It’s a wonderful revolution.”

Now you can download, enhance, visualize the data yourself, and reach your own conclusions.

Amateur Martian cartographers grab every little piece of Martian data, every photo, and do charting and graphing, mosaic stitching, etc. and contribute to the body of news about Mars.

NASA thought to ask the public to suggest *when* images should be taken during Europa/Jupiter fly-by. Those images became iconic of the event.

JPL is “Disneyland for nerds.”

Amazing interactive visualizations of satellites in orbit at Eyes on the Earth 3D

Eyes on the Solar System will be the spin-off/successor to Eyes on the Earth. More amazing stuff.

Scientists are already booking rooms in the Canary Islands for a 2029 asteroid flyby that will be so close it’ll be under our com satellities.

Virtual presence: You, the American taxpayer – this is YOUR fleet. These tools will allow you to check up on it.

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