ESA Support to Science

When the European Space Agency wanted to explain complex science results from their Earth observation programme, they chose Planetary Visions to produce the graphics. ESA's Support to Science Element (STSE) helps scientists using data from Europe's fleet of Earth observation satellites, and has produced a range of startling results. Satellites with very sensitive instruments have detected tiny movements on the flanks of volcanoes, measured global soil moisture over three decades, and even detected sound waves from the 2011 Tohoku earthquake.
Planetary Visions used their experience with processing scientific data and their skill in visual storytelling to explain these results, and the way they were achieved, for the non-technical audience. New satellite data is placed in its geographical and scientific context, for example by comparing with the previous state-of-the-art derived from other technologies.
The resulting series of computer graphic animations and derived stills are used by ESA in their public outreach programme on the web, on tv, and at major conferences and trade shows, such as the UN climate change meetings and the Paris Air Show.

In a two-year project, Planetary Visions is designing and producing sixteen animation sequences, each lasting one to four minutes, for ESA's STSE programme, based in Frascati, Italy.