Planetary Visor

An Immersive View of Orbital Data from the Mars Reconnaisance Orbiter Amidst Photogrammetric Ground Data Captured via Rover

Authors: Lauren Gold, Alireza Bahremand, Justin Hertzberg, Connor Richards, Kyle Sese, Zoe Purcell, Alexander Gonzalez, Robert LiKamWa

Planetary Visor immerses you in scientific data, gathered by NASA’s Curiosity Rover and Mars tReconnaissance Orbiter (MRO). Visor allows you to visualize the intersection of the ground data from the rover and spectral data from the orbiting satellite.

Spectral data is captured using a technique called Remote Sensing. An instrument onboard the MRO, the Compact Reconnaissance Imaging Spectrometer for Mars (CRISM), scans the Martian terrain and records the reflectance of the ground. This reflectance data provides information about the chemical composition of the ground, which in turn gives insight into some of the most important questions about life on Mars.

The colored polyhedron(shown above) represents one CRISM pixel. The visualization of the pixel’s intersection with the ground can give planetary scientists and researchers information about the spatial relationship between the satellite and ground data, a new understanding of the shape of a CRISM pixel, and the position of the satellite when it recorded the data.