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A photon debut: Student short film for NASA mission premieres
03 March 2017
He's one in a trillion. He travels at 186,000 miles per second, avoiding obstacles as he zooms toward Earth on an essential mission. But will he return safely? This hero is Pho, a plucky bright green photon that is the star of an animation created by art students in collaboration with NASA's Ice, Cloud and Land Elevation Satellite-2, or ICESat-2, mission.
The short film, called "Photon Jump," officially premieres today at the Polar Science Weekend at the Pacific Science Center in Seattle. It was created by a team of students at Georgia's Savannah College of Art and Design, or SCAD, with input and guidance from ICESat-2 outreach team members and scientists.
"The goal of the project was to allow students to develop ideas and be involved in the production process," said Helen-Nicole Kostis, a science visualizer at NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Maryland, who led the NASA ICESat-2/SCAD Collaborative Student Project.
Image credit: NASA/Goddard/Savannah College of Art and Design et al - Pho, a plucky bright green photon that is the star of an animation created by art students in collaboration with NASA's Ice, Cloud and Land Elevation Satellite-2, or ICESat-2, mission