Earth Operations Center

How do we become better stewards of “Spaceship Earth?”

Inspired by a traditional spacecraft operations center, such as NASA’s Mission Control Center at Johnson Space Center in Houston, we are collaborating with  MIT and NASA to create an operations center for “Spaceship Earth” that integrates both earth systems and economic modelling. 

This earth science research center will track the health and status of the Earth’s ecological subsystems and enable collaborative decision-making using both virtual and physical spaces.

Key accomplishments

  • Developed a virtual reality prototype.  
  • Completed a first round of user testing of the prototype.

Project contact:

Jake Pinholster 

Funding years: 



Team members

Jake Pinholster

ASU Herberger Institute

Earth Operations Principal Investigator

Media Design, Collaboration, Theatre

Dava Newman

MIT Media Lab

Earth Operations Principal Investigator

Aerospace, Biomedical Engineering

Alex MacDonald


Earth Operations Principal Investigator


Robert LiKamWa​​​​​​​

Project lead

ASU School of Arts Media and Engineering

ASU School of Electrical, Computer and Energy Engineering

Machine Vision, Computer Engineering

Aashiq Shaikh

ASU School of Arts Media and Engineering

Project Technical Director

Extended Reality Design & Development

Eswar Anandapadmanaban

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