Argentina’s SAC-D spacecraft is scheduled to launch June 9th, 2011. On board will be Aquarius, a NASA instrument designed to measure sea surface salinity – a key factor in ocean circulation and global climate.
To tie in with this, the Scientific visualization studio at NASA Goddard has released a series of stunning videos animating various natural cycles linked to ocean salinity. The clip below contains 10 seconds of surface temperature flows, followed by wind currents, then a Van Gogh-like depiction of ocean currents.
Check out the longer versions of these visualizations at the Goddard Space Flight Center website: Aquarius studies Ocean and Wind Flows