Screenshot of descent movieThis movie shows a lot of information about the Huygens probe as it lands on Titan. See the movie’s page for a description of the data sets visualized.

I think this is an amazing piece of work. From the perspective of the design of the visualization, there are two things I find interesting about this video:

  1. the shear amount of information conveyed per second
  2. the use of sound (as data, not a human voice) actually added useful information
It displays many multidimensional data sets elegantly. Nearly everything in the design is displaying information (no “chartjunk”). The only thing I don’t like about it are the boxes that surround the information at the right. They take up a lot of “ink” not to show any information in this dense display.

My six year old daughter was fascinated by this video; we watched it three times. She then made “Floam” models of the Earth, the moon, Saturn, and Titan. What a great success for this video!

Anyone know if ESA/NASA/JPL/University of Arizona used IDL to do any of the pieces of this?

Link via BoingBoing.