The NASA Visualization Explorer is now delivering new opportunities to explore NASA’s
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research of the sun, planetary bodies, Earth and the universe to your iPad. Since July 2011, the Visualization Explorer iPad app, NASA Viz for short, has delivered two stories each week with a strong focus on Earth science. That two story per week schedule will continue, but now with stories that cover the breadth of the agency’s science mission and continue to highlight NASA’s artful data visualization. NASA’s Science Mission Directorate is organized into four disciplines: Heliophysics, Planetary, Astrophysics and Earth science. This structure has put NASA scientists at the forefront of discovery about our home planet, the sun, planets in our solar system and beyond, and the farthest reaches of the universe. Now the app will showcase results from legendary spacecraft such as the Hubble Space Telescope and Voyager, from the Earth-observing satellite fleet, and from newcomers delivering stunning pictures, such as the Solar Dynamics Observatory and Cassini. The app will also feature occasional content from the NASA Earth Observatory Web site, dedicated to exploring the many satellite views of Earth. NASA Viz is a content app, designed originally to highlight work of the Scientific Visualization Studio. Data visualization at NASA involves taking a massive stream of satellite observations and turning it into visually appealing and accurate representations of Earth, the solar system and beyond. Shortly after the iPad’s initial launch, a team of media specialists seized on its potential for presenting NASA’s unique collection of data visualization and satellite imagery. The group’s effort resulted in the Visualization Explorer. The app’s science features include satellite data visualizations, conceptual animations, and now, the results from NASA’s high-energy astrophysics missions and space observatories. The app also includes social networking interfaces, including links to Facebook and Twitter, for easy sharing of stories.