Since 2006 the IRC has partnered with NASA/Goddard to visualize up-coming satellite missions for earth and solar system scientific explorations. This partnership gives recent UMBC graduates a post-baccalaureate opportunity to work in the IRC on professional projects. Currently, Ryan Zuber and Tyler Chase are leading this effort and direct 2-3 interns a semester on the projects. The IRC partners with mission scientists and NASA TV producers to understand the scope of the project and how to best visually represent the mission highlights in high definition animation.
Over the last 4 years, the IRC has produced visualizations for the Solar Dynamics Observatory (SDO), Venus Sounder for Planetary Exploration (Vesper), Mars Atmosphere and Volatile Evolution Mission (MAVEN), Earth Climate and Atmospheric Research Satellite (GLORY), and the National Polar-orbiting Operational Environmental Satellite System (NPOESS) Preparatory Project (NPP). More information on each of these efforts is available on the IRC Blog or by following the links.
Following are a few examples of the animation produced for NASA by the IRC.
Ryan Zuber, Tyler Chase
NASA TV and Goddard Space Flight Center
Rick Alves, Micah Betts, Adam Martin, Andre Mercier, Adam Petrone, Megan Taylor, Joelle Wojtowicz