The JPL Digital Image Animation Laboratory
is an advanced computer animation, and software engineering facility with
broadcast quality video recording and editing capabilities. The DIAL was
created and is continually developed by the Visualization
and Earth Science Applications group, within the
Space Science Data Systems section at JPL.
The Image Analysis and Technology & Applications Development subgroups
are responsible for DIAL animations and software development. The members
of the Image Analyst subgroup process digital imagery and create scientific
visualizations and animations. Analysts process data from robot spacecraft
like Voyager, Magellan and Galileo and create planetary science animations
as part of NASA's Solar System Visualization Project. They also process
data from satellites and Space Shuttle instruments for the study of Earth's
resources. Examples of their work include "LA, TheMovie", "Mars,
The Movie", and segments of the IMAX
films, "Blue Planet" and "Destiny in Space."
The programmers in the Technology and Applications Development subgroup
design and write visualization and analysis software. This software includes
perspective rendering programs, video equipment control programs, and the
The VESA group members and others use the DIAL to accomplish a wide
variety of tasks . These tasks include the production
of scientific animations and the development of software
tools for the visualization and analysis of scientific data.
See the VESA Group and Other