WATER FALLS is NASA’s new Science On a Sphere (SOS) movie introducing the public to the Global Precipitation Measurement (GPM) satellite mission. This film was made to raise awareness leading up to the February 27, 2014 launch of the GPM Core satellite. In short, GPM is a joint NASA and Japanese Space Agency program that is taking on the essential task of measuring water as it falls to our planet’s surface.

However, this movie is more than a discussion of new space hardware. It aims to engage the viewer in thinking about the role of fresh water in our daily lives. Alongside the orbital paths of the satellite fleet and an overview of how the instruments work, we see painterly representations of the water cycle and discover the complexities of understanding water as it falls. Beautiful seamless videography adds context from the natural world, from blossoms in macro to iconic waterfalls and even kayakers rolling in a lake.

Indeed, what would life be without fresh water?

The global nature of the GPM mission makes it a perfect fit for Science On a Sphere. The team at Verglas Media was commissioned by NASA to film contextual and narrative scenes, as well as edit and composite the film and its spherical special effects. We truly hope that you have a chance to visit a Science On a Sphere location soon and see it as intended. In addition, we are happy to present it on a virtual globe – available above and on our YouTube channel. Enjoy!

Verglas Media also created the official movie trailer featuring many scenes from the film and music by Bryan Elijah Smith. Visit our page to check it out and see some behind the scenes photos and press links. And don’t miss our blog post explaining how SOS works – in pictures!

Water Falls is an executive production of the NASA Goddard Space Flight Center, written and directed by Michael Starobin. The film’s videography, editing and effects are by Victoria Weeks. Water Falls is narrated by Craig Sechler and scored by Andre Gribou. Animation created by the UMBC IRC – leads Ryan Zuber and Raymond McCarthy Bergeron. The film’s scientific visualizations are by NASA SVS.

Very special and successful premiere events included:
January 25, 2014: The Wild Center in Tupper Lake, New York

January 30, 2014: The Space Foundation’s Discovery Center in Colorado Springs, Colorado

January 31, 2014: The NASA Wallops Flight Facility Visitor’s Center

February 25, 2014: The NASA Goddard Space Flight Center Visitor Center

Many thanks to the above centers and their teams for making the opening of Water Falls a great experience for all!