Future Mars explorers can now take a trip around the landing site of NASA’s Mars 2020 Perseverance rover with an interactive map loaded with orbital images, terrain data, as well as synthetic and real-world 3D panoramic views of Jezero Crater and the surrounding area. The map, which can be accessed via a normal web browser, was presented today at the Europlanet Science Congress (EPSC) 2022 in Granada, Spain, by Sebastian Walter of Freie Universität Berlin.
“The map is the perfect tool for planning a future visit to Mars, with an interactive interface where you can choose from different sets of basic data available. Some slopes are quite steep, so watch out for them if you want to avoid too much oxygen. consumption!” said Sebastian Walter.
“To really get a feel for what to expect on your upcoming trip to Mars, you can click on one of the waypoint marker symbols to enter either a full-screen 3D view or, if you have a virtual reality, to enter a fully immersive environment. You can even hear the sounds of the rover if you stand close, but please don’t touch it or you’ll contaminate the probes.”
The map allows virtual hikers to zoom in and out and quickly pan across scenes so they can explore the landscape from large scale to centimeter detail. Some of the 360° panoramas integrated with waypoints were synthetically rendered from orbital image data.
Others are real panoramas stitched together from a multitude of unique images taken by the Mastcam-Z camera aboard the Mars 2020 Rover Perseverance, which were provided by the University of Arizona. The sounds were recorded by the SuperCam instrument on the same rover mission.
The base layer of the map is a combined dataset derived from three different instruments currently orbiting Mars: HRSC on Mars Express and the Context Camera (CTX) and High Resolution Imaging Science Experiment (HiRISE) instruments on the Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (MRO) . The HiRISE data were provided by the Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) Terrain Relative Navigation (TRN) team.
The Jezero map is based on the data portal of ESA’s Mars Express mission’s High Resolution Stereo Camera (HRSC) instrument, which provides tools for viewing and disseminating large amounts of Mars imagery and terrain data in an online environment.
“We originally created the Jezero map as an information application to complement the HRSC Mapserver tool, which supports professional scientists to explore the Martian surface,” said Sebastian Walter. “But as the rover returns more and more high-resolution image data and even audio recordings, it’s proving to be the perfect tool for immersively viewing that data in a scientific context in its own right.”
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