Lunar and Planetary Visualization and Analysis with NASA's Solar System Treks Portals
NASA's Solar System Trek online portals for lunar and planetary mapping and modeling provide web-based suites of interactive visualization and analysis tools enabling mission planners, planetary scientists, students, and the general public to explore planetary surfaces as seen through the eyes of a vast array of instruments aboard and current missions for the Moon, Mars, and Vesta. Portals for additional bodies are in development. As web-based toolsets, the portals do not require users to purchase or install any software beyond current web browsers. A standardized interface provides 3D visualization and navigation, with keyboard controls allowing the user to maneuver a first-person visualization of “flying” across planetary surfaces. User-specified bounding boxes can be used to generate STL and/or OBJ files to create physical models of surface features with 3D printers. User-specified paths can be drawn to generate virtual reality flyovers. This talk will introduce and demonstrate the Solar System Treks, focusing on particularly interesting landforms on distant worlds.
Brian Day works at NASA's Solar System Exploration Research Virtual Institute (SSERVI) at NASA's Ames Research Center, where he serves as Lead for Lunar and Planetary Mapping and Modeling. In that role, he is the program office level project manager for NASA's Solar System Treks project, sets of online tools designed for mission planning, planetary science, and public outreach. From 2010-2014, Brian served as the Education/Public Outreach Lead for NASA's Lunar Atmosphere and Dust Environment Explorer (LADEE) mission to the Moon, which flew through and studied the Moon's tenuous atmosphere. From 2007-2010 he served as the E/PO Lead for NASA's LCROSS lunar impactor mission which discovered deposits of water ice at the Moon's South Pole. Brian has played key roles in various NASA Mars Analog Field Studies, providing technical support in the field for webcasts and robotic rover tests in extreme environments here on Earth. In 2007, he flew on the Aurigid-MAC mission to record fragments of comet Kiess entering Earth's upper atmosphere. Brian also serves as Lead for Citizen Science and Community Development at SSERVI. In this role, he coordinates programs with numerous internal and external partnering organizations, focusing on providing opportunities for students and the public to directly participate in NASA science and exploration.
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