Between 2008 and 2014 the IRC partnered with NASA/Goddard to create earth science animations and visualizations explaining the important information that NASA missions are discovering. This partnership, run through UMBC/GEST’s cooperative agreement with NASA/Goddard, funded IRC media specialists to oversee the production and creation of animations and to involve UMBC undergraduate students in the process. All of these positions werefilled by recent UMBC graduates from the Visual Arts Department and the IRC Fellows Program, giving them an important post-baccalaureate experience. Equally important, IRC interns developed contacts at NASA TV and the Goddard Space Flight Center.
Most notably, the IRC produced animations for Earth Science Week and Science for the Hungry World, as well as conceptual animations and sequences to be used in NASA's Science on a Sphere projection system.