Solar System Treks

The Solar System Treks are online, browser-based portals that allow you to visualize, explore, and analyze the surfaces of other worlds using real data returned from a growing fleet of spacecraft. You can view the worlds through the eyes of many different instruments, pilot real-time 3D flyovers above mountains and into craters, and conduct measurements of surface features. The portals provide exciting capabilities for mission planning, planetary science, and public outreach.

Polar Stereo Data Set

The Polar Optical Lunar Analog Reconstruction (POLAR) dataset seeks to recreate the imaging conditions on the Poles of the Moon for stereo vision evaluation. A common framework for stereo vision researchers provides: (1) understanding and reproduction of polar/airless optical conditions in a laboratory setting, (2) a library of stereo images for algorithm development complete with ground truth, and (3) metrics and standards for comparative evaluation. The complete dataset comprises 12 terrain experiments – featuring over 2500 HDR stereo pairs and 12GB of sensor data, supplemented with ground truth, radiometric calibrations, and registration information.

Apollo Lunar Surface Journal

The Apollo Lunar Surface Journal is a record of the lunar surface operations conducted by the six pairs of astronauts who landed on the Moon from 1969 through 1972. The Journal is intended as a resource for anyone wanting to know what happened during the missions and why. It includes a corrected transcript of all recorded conversations between the lunar surface crews and Houston. The Journal also contains extensive, interwoven commentary by the Editor and by ten of the twelve moonwalking astronauts.

Lunar Orbiter Image Recovery Project

The Lunar Orbiter Image Recovery Project (LOIRP) is a NASA project to digitize data tapes from the five 1966 and 1967 Lunar Orbiter spacecraft that were sent to the Moon. Below is an archive of released images and reports.

Planetary Data System

The Planetary Data System (PDS) archives and distributes scientific data from NASA planetary missions, astronomical observations, and laboratory measurements. The PDS is sponsored by NASA’s Science Mission Directorate. Its purpose is to ensure the long-term usability of NASA data and to stimulate advanced research.

Meteor Crater On-line Atlas

The Space Shuttle and International Space Station orbit the Earth at different inclinations and altitudes, providing different views of the Earth’s surface. Astronauts take advantage of variable fields-of-view with different exchangeable lenses and camera bodies, different look-angles (depending on the geometry of the overpass of an area), and changing illumination from the sun on successive passes. From that database of astronaut photography, several images of the Meteor Crater and the surrounding region have been captured.

Atlas of Sinuous Rilles

The Atlas of Lunar Sinuous Rilles is a comprehensive collection of images of 195 lunar sinuous rilles that are globally distributed around the Moon.

Apollo Virtual Microscope

Virtual thin sections from all the Apollo missions will become available in the lead up to the 50th anniversary of the first moon landing in 2019.

Lunar Sample Atlas

This library of images provides pictures of the Apollo samples taken in the Lunar Sample Laboratory, full-color views of the samples in microscopic thin-sections, cutting views and diagrams that illustrate how the samples were subdivided for scientific analyses, and in situ views of the samples on the lunar surface.

Lunar and Planetary Institute – Lunar Science and Exploration

USGS Astrogeology Science Center

NASA Astromaterials Acquisition and Curation Office

Moon Phase and Libration, 2018

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Five nations have placed scientific spacecraft in orbit around the Moon: U.S., U.S.S.R (now Russia), Japan, China, and India.

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