Planet Earth’s Control Panel
This planet earth control panel infographic is the work of the fabulous Eleanor Lutz. Lutz is a Seattle-based graphic designer with a bachelor’s degree in molecular biology. She created this particular work of science-meets-art as a celebration of America’s tax-funded space program: NASA. NASA stands for National Aeronautics and Space Administration. NASA was started in 1958 as a part of the United States government. NASA is in charge of U.S. science and technology research that has to do with airplanes, space, and atmospheric conditions.
From Planet Earth to Spaceship Earth
“I wanted to show what Earth’s control panel might look like if it was a spaceship piloted by humans.” Lutz explains on her blog, Tabletop Whale. “It’s a bit too busy with all the flashing lights, but I was going for a mix between sci-fi and pinball so I’m still pretty happy with how it turned out. All of the data should be scientifically accurate, even if it’s moving too fast to read properly.”
In addition to the planet earth control panel, Lutz also created the popular infographic about how animals breath, and another about how to build your own computer.
The data used to create the planet earth infographic came from the following resources: Hubble/ESA moon rotation video, NASA Visible Earth world rotation video, John Walker Astronomical distance calculator, Weather Underground historical Seattle weather, National Geographic star map, John Walker star location viewer, NASA Earth facts, NASA moon facts, NASA sun facts, US Census Bureau population estimate, European Synchroton Radiation Facility earth core estimate, USC Satellite Database, and Voyager photo of Earth.