Movies and Simulations

This section contains movies and animated simulations of or relating to the THEMIS and ARTEMIS mission. Please click on the links on the left to find more.

Van Allen Probes Discover a New Radiation Belt

Earth's radiation belts were one of the first discoveries of the Space Age. A new finding published in the February 28, 2013, issue of “Science” shows that we still have much to learn about them. NASA's twin Van Allen Probes, launched just last August, have revealed a previously unknown third radiation belt around Earth.
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From the Earth to the Moon

“From the Earth to the Moon” is a brief, but vivid video and audio recording that provides an inspirational view of the lunar surface, highlights vast portions of the lunar surface that have yet to be explored; and demonstrates how new images are revealing dramatic details of future landing sites suitable for both robotic and human missions. This video was developed by the Center for Lunar Science and Exploration at the Lunar and Planetary Institute.
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NASA Probes Record Sounds of Space

The Van Allen Probes (formerly called RBSP) are twin spacecraft that were launched in August 2012. These probes have been sending back strangely beautiful recordings of the sounds of space. Scientists call it the chorus. The sounds come from the magnetosphere, an area where charged particles from the sun interact with the earth's magnetic field. Listen to this very short NPR piece on a unique way to experience the science data being collected by the Van Allen Probes.
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ScienceCasts: Mystery of the Lunar Ionosphere

How can a world without air have an ionosphere? Somehow the Moon has done it. Lunar researchers have been struggling with this mystery for years, and they may have finally found a solution. (Hint: ARTEMIS helped!)


Mysterious Sounds Made by the Aurora Borealis by Nancy Atkinson, Universe Today

There have been legends and folktales about sounds associated with auroae, but most accounts were summarily dismissed as imagination or illusion. But researchers in Finland set up microphones in conjunction with an aurora observation site and over the past 12 years captured a “clapping” sound that occurs at certain times when the Northern Lights are ablaze in the sky.
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For an overview of magnetism, watch our 8-minute video about magnetism here around us on Earth...and in outer space.