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  PRODUCTIVE INTERACTION: RESPONSIVE CAUSALITY / DIGITAL & PHYSICAL /
NASA JPL'S JUPITER FOG / KEY / WIND PIPE / NET CREATORS, NETWORK OF THINGS /
VISION-DRIVEN MEDIA: PATENT ISSUED # 10-2007-0011071 / KNOWLEDGE ARCHIVE /
MUSIC TRAVEL / BRANDING / SWISS DESIGN NETWORK CONFERENCE WORKSHOP /
SPATIAL COMMUNICATION: MICRO WORLD / TOP PLAN / DIGITAL BLUE / MAIN
 
 
 
 
 
 
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Photography of Jupiter Cloud Simulation  
   
   
   
   
   
 
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Visual experiments using IR illuminator done at NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory.  
   
   
 
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NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory's Jupiter Fog

Many scientific studies reveal a body of knowledge invisible to human eyes. For the first time in human history, NASA JPL's Juno mission in 2011 will particularly enable people to see underneath the clouds of Jupiter with an orbiting spacecraft. Working with Dan Goods, Visual Strategist at JPL, we have been developing an installation communicating the scientific aspect of the Juno mission to the general public. The goal of my research was to create a variety of visual effects using a matrix of infrared illuminators and I/O controllers submerged below a dense fog filled in a large container. In September 2010 for the After Dark, Cosmological Constructs we have installed NASA JPL's Jupiter Fog, at the Exploratorium: The Museum of Science, Art and Human Perception, San Francisco, Califirnia, in the U.S. The installation simulated Jupiter’s environment and promoted the Juno mission's goal of peering through the atmosphere to observe the internal structure of the planet. This research's objective was to generate speculative ideas and suggest interesting aspects about the mission.

-Concept and Design: Dan Goods, NASA JPL
-Technology Development: Austin S. Lee, NASA JPL



Objective

The purpose of the installation was to enable people to experience interesting aspects of the Juno mission. We were inspired by the Juno mission's goal of observing closely through the clouds of Jupiter to learn the internal structure of the planet. Juno will reach the mission science goal by employing an orbiting space craft that will use infrared and microwave instruments to measure energy coming from deep within Jupiter’s atmosphere. Comparable to the way in which the Juno mission uses technical devices to understand Jupiter, our installation aimed to create a hands-on experience of using modern technology to reveal different layers of knowledge invisible to human eyes. Underneath the installation’s active, dense fog that resembles the appearance of Jupiter’s cloud, we planned to have a matrix of infrared illuminators generate interesting visual effects. Using digital optical devices such as a cell phone camera, people were able to see the infrared lights invisible to the naked eye.


Tools used

-Makecontrollers, relays, projectors
-Mac book pro, Mac mini
-24VDC gearhead motors, 24VDC Fan, 12VDC fans
-Ultrasonic water misters



Acknowledgements

I thank Dan Goods, JPL visual strategist, for his guidance on research methods . I also thank Hunter Sebresos and Madeleine Gallagher for early assistance in brain- storming. The NASA Space Grant Fellowship work is supported by the fund provide by California Institute of Technology. This work used the Jet Propulsion Laboratory Facility at Pasadena funded by California Institute of Technology.



Exhibition and related online links

After Dark, Cosmological Constructs, Exploratorium, SF
Cosmological Constructs: Interview with Dan Goods
NASA New Frontiers Mission Concept Study
NASA Prepares for New Juno Mission to Jupiter
NASA Mission Pages
Exhibition Research Development Link
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