Photo-realistic terrain modeling and visualization for Mars Exploration Rover science operations

Laurence Edwards, Michael Sims, Clayton Kunz, David Lees, Judd Bowman

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Abstract

Modern NASA planetary exploration missions employ complex systems of hardware and software managed by large teams of engineers and scientists in order to study remote environments. The most complex and successful of these recent projects is the Mars Exploration Rover mission. The Computational Sciences Division at NASA Ames Research Center delivered a 3D visualization program, Viz, to the MER mission that provides an immersive, interactive environment for science analysis of the remote planetary surface. In addition, Ames provided the Athena Science Team with high-quality terrain reconstructions generated with the Ames Stereo-pipeline. The on-site support team for these software systems responded to unanticipated opportunities to generate 3D terrain models during the primary MER mission. This paper describes Viz, the Stereo-pipeline, and the experiences of the on-site team supporting the scientists at JPL during the primary MER mission.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationConference Proceedings - IEEE International Conference on Systems, Man and Cybernetics
Pages1389-1395
Number of pages7
Volume2
StatePublished - 2005
Externally publishedYes
EventIEEE Systems, Man and Cybernetics Society, Proceedings - 2005 International Conference on Systems, Man and Cybernetics - Waikoloa, HI, United States
Duration: Oct 10 2005Oct 12 2005

Other

OtherIEEE Systems, Man and Cybernetics Society, Proceedings - 2005 International Conference on Systems, Man and Cybernetics
CountryUnited States
CityWaikoloa, HI
Period10/10/0510/12/05

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Keywords

  • Computer vision
  • Simulation
  • Software architectures
  • Stereo correlation
  • Surface reconstruction
  • Virtual reality
  • Visualization

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Engineering(all)

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Edwards, L., Sims, M., Kunz, C., Lees, D., & Bowman, J. (2005). Photo-realistic terrain modeling and visualization for Mars Exploration Rover science operations. In Conference Proceedings - IEEE International Conference on Systems, Man and Cybernetics (Vol. 2, pp. 1389-1395)