The Scientific Visualization Studio fosters scientific inquiry and outreach within NASA programs through visualizations (animations and artistic concepts based on scientific data). To that end, the SVS works closely with scientists in order to promote a greater understanding of Earth and Space science.
All the visualizations created by the SVS (more than 2,900) are accessible to the public. More recent animations are provided as MPEG-4s, MPEG-2s and MPEG-1s. Some animations are available in high definition as well as NTSC format. Where possible, the original digital images used to make these animations have been made accessible. Lastly, high- and low-resolution stills, created from the visualizations, are included, with previews for selective downloading.