The Lunar and Planetary Mapping and Modeling Project produces a suite of interactive visualization and analysis tools. Managed by NASA’s Solar System Exploration Research Virtual Institute and developed at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory, these tools enable mission planners, planetary scientists, and engineers to access mapped data products from a wide range of instruments aboard a variety of past and current missions, for a growing number of planetary bodies.
While originally initiated for mission planning and science, this technology has demonstrated great benefits for education and engagement. NASA’s Science Mission Directorate has designated this project as a component of its NASA Science Education Infrastructure. As such, it is available as a resource for NASA Science Education and Communication programs, and is available to the greater education and engagement community.
There are currently three web portals in the program available to the public: the Lunar Mapping and Modeling Portal or LMMP, Vesta Trek, and Mars Trek. More portals for additional planetary bodies are in the works.
As web-based toolsets, the portals do not require users to purchase or install any software beyond current standard web browsers. All of the portals provide analysis tools that facilitate the measurement and study of planetary terrain. They allow data products to be layered and adjusted to optimize data visualization. Visualizations can easily be stored and shared. The portals each provide for 3D visualization as well as provide users with the ability to draw bounding boxes around any desired terrain for generation of STL files that can be directed to 3D printers.
In addition to the web portals, the Lunar and Planetary Mapping and Modeling Project provides web services and APIs that facilitate the dissemination of data to other platforms and venues.
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The Lunar Mapping and Modeling Portal or LMMP is a sophisticated suite of web-based data visualization tools designed for mission planning, lunar science, and public engagement. Data from a wide range of instruments across a wide range of lunar missions are integrated into interactive stackable layers and analysis tools. LMMP supports downloading of data from the Planetary Data System, and supports collaborative work, allowing open sharing as well as posting of data to private groups.
Mars Trek provides an exciting way for students, citizen scientists, and the public to explore some of Mars’ most spectacular landforms as well as NASA areas of operation on Mars’ surface. Data gathered from multiple instruments aboard multiple NASA Mars missions provide diverse views for Mars Trek’s user-friendly set of tools including interactive maps, 3-D printer-exportable topography, and standard keyboard gaming controls for flying high or low above Mars’ surface.
Vesta Trek is a free, web-based application that provides detailed visualizations of the asteroid Vesta, one of the largest asteroids in our solar system. Data gathered from multiple instruments aboard NASA’s Dawn spacecraft have been compiled into Vesta Trek’s user-friendly set of tools including interactive maps, 3-D printer-exportable topography, and standard keyboard gaming controls for flying high or low above Vesta’s surface.
MOON TOURS is a free app from NASA that makes it easy to conduct detailed explorations of the lunar surface using a mobile device. This mobile version of LMMP will show you lunar topography as you have never seen it before!