During a science animation fellowship at the NASA Goddard Conceptual Image Lab, I had the unique opportunity to develop a modern way of presenting spectroscopy data for NASA’s LUVOIR mission.
Traditionally, the data is presented in a plain 2D graph (see below). But for marketing material, project scientists wanted something a little more interesting. Given that LUVOIR’s physical mirrors are hexagonal in shape, we landed on a 3D representation that matched the geometry. 2D colored labels were added to communicate important gas compounds.
An example of the input data

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