Law, Emily - The Lunar Mapping and Modeling Portal: Tools for Mission Planning, Science, and Outreach

Abstract: 
The Lunar Mapping and Modeling Portal (LMMP) provides a web-based Portal and a suite of interactive visualization and analysis tools  enabling mission planners, lunar scientists, and engineers to access mapped lunar data products from past and current lunar missions. While emphasizing mission planning, LMMP also addresses the lunar science community, the lunar commercial community, education and public outreach (E/PO), and anyone else interested in accessing or utilizing lunar data. Its visualization and analysis tools allow users to perform analysis such as lighting and local hazard assessments including slope, surface roughness and crater/boulder distribution. Originally designed as a mission planning tool for the Constellation Program, LMMP has grown into a generalized suite of tools facilitating a wide range of activities including the planning, design, development, test and operations associated with lunar sortie missions; robotic (and potentially crewed) operations on the surface; planning tasks in the areas of landing site evaluation and selection; design and placement of landers and other stationary assets; design of rovers and other mobile assets; developing terrain-relative navigation (TRN) capabilities; deorbit/impact site visualization; and assessment and planning of science traverses.
 
Significant advantages are afforded by LMMP’s features facilitating collaboration among members of distributed teams (e.g., mission planning team, mission proposal team). Team members can share visualizations and add new data to be shared either with the entire LMMP community or only with members of their own team. Sharing of multi-layered visualizations is made easy with the ability to create and distribute LMMP’s digital bookmarks.
 
LMMP fosters outreach, education, and exploration of the Moon by educators, students, amateur astronomers, and the general public. These efforts are enhanced by Moon Tours, LMMP’s mobile application, which makes LMMP’s information accessible to people of all ages, putting opportunities for real lunar exploration in the palms of their hands. Moon Tours allows users to browse and search LMMP's entire catalog of over 600 data imagery products ranging from global basemaps to LRO's Narrow Angle Camera (NAC) images providing details of down to .5 meters/pixel. Users are able to view map metadata (e.g., abstract of the data) and can zoom in and out of the map to view more or less data, as well as pan around the entire lunar surface with the appropriate basemap. They can arbitrarily stack the maps and images on top of each other, showing layered views of the surface with layer transparency adjusted to suit the user's desired look. They can even view lunar terrain data rendered in realtime 3D, and calculate  distances between locations on the lunar surface.
 
While great utility is provided by LMMP’s interface and tools, it also provides particular value through its ability to serve data to a variety of other applications. In the outreach realm, this has been demonstrated with data served to planetariums and NASA’s Eyes on the Solar System.
 
This presentation will provide an overview of LMMP Uses and capabilities, highlight new features, and preview coming enhancements. It will supplement and enhance the LMMP demonstration that will be hosted at the Forum.
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