NASA releases spherical movie about frozen Earth

NASA has created a movie about the planet's changing ice and snow cover that is displayed on a spherical screen.

The 12-minute movie will be projected on the Science On a Sphere (SOS) projection system, which was developed by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. SOS is a room-sized display system that employs computers and four video projectors to display images on a six-foot-diameter carbon fiber sphere. Viewers can walk around the sphere for a 360-degree view of the movie.

SOS has been installed in 30 locations around the world. The NASA movie -- "Frozen" -- will premiere March 27.

"With 'Frozen,' we're not only breaking new ground in terms of spherical filmmaking but also transforming an otherwise technical subject into a powerful and poetic drama about the state of the Earth," said Michael Starobin, one of the film's producers. Starobin also produced NASA's first SOS effort, "Footprints," a movie about the origins of hurricanes, in 2006.

A list of SOS locations can be found at:

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