Aquarius Satellite & Data Pre-launch Beauty Shot
[11-May-11] This animation is an artist's depiction of the Aquarius satellite in orbit around the earth as it collects data used to derive Sea Surface Salinity (SSS) measurements. This visualization was created prior to launch and uses simulated SSS measurements. The satellite orbit and data footprint are based on predicted data in preparation for launch. (00:01:00) Credit: NASA Goddard Space Flight Center.