NASA LUVOIR Spectrograph
Visualizing spectroscopy data.
During my 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, spectroscopy data is presented in a plain 2D graph (see below). For LUVOIR’s upcoming marketing campaign, however, project scientists wanted a more engaging way to display this data. The updated presentation had to maintain accuracy while improving on readability, hierarchy of information, and visual style. Given that LUVOIR’s physical mirrors are hexagonal in shape, we landed on a 3D representation that incorporated hexagonal geometry. Legible 2D colored labels were used to signify gas compounds.
Executive Producer: Wade Sisler
Video Producer: Scott Wiessinger
Animation Supervisor: Walt Feimer
Creative Director: Michael Lentz
Consulting Project Scientists: Shawn Goldman, Aki Roberge, Giada Nicole Arney
If life existed on a distant foreign planet, how would we know? NASA’s LUVOIR mission (Large UV/Optical/IR Surveyor), a forthcoming observational spacecraft, will look at the atmospheres of distant planets for gases that indicate life.
Exoplanet atmospheres are the key for life detection on a planet beyond our solar system. The premise is that life produces gases as by-products to metabolism, and that some of the gases will accumulate in a habitable planet atmosphere and in principle can be detected by spectroscopy.