NASA’s Solar System Treks Project (SSTP) 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.

A growing number of portals provide coverage for planets, moons, and asteroids throughout the Solar System. Access to the each of the portals is provided through an integrated home website at https://trek.nasa.gov. The home website also provides additional supporting content including Feature of the Mont articles, narrated videos, and more.

Mission planners and lunar scientists requiring advanced analytic tool capabilities beyond those offered through the Moon Trek portal’s general tools offerings can apply for account level access in Moon Trek. Advanced tool capabilities include ray-traced lighting analysis, crater detection, rock detection, rockfall detection, electrostatic surface potential analysis, line-of-sight communications planning and more.

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.

For additional information, contact Brian Day at brian.h.day@nasa.gov.

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