Drew Skau has a message for NASA:
"The visualization community has noticed your insistence on using rainbow color scales for representing continuous data. This is a plea to you (and anyone else doing the same thing) to stop."
Skau, a PhD computer science visualization student at the University of North Carolina - Charlotte, gives several reasons why rainbow color scales are a bad idea:
Want the details? Check out Skau's original blog post at visual.ly, a visualization startup for which Skau occasionally works.
As for Skau's request, for the sake of accessibility, we hope that his pleas will be heard. But we sure will miss the pretty rainbows!