The Solar System Browser was designed to
display the satellite data and imagery collected
by NASA space missions in the context of
an actual 3D mockup of the solar system.
The browser has the ability to display planetary
bodies as 3D geometry, as well as multiple
levels of surface imagery mapped correctly
onto those surfaces.
The browsers uses an external database
to determine what data to display. All content
is either procedurally generated or loaded
on the fly. There are a number of search
and bookmark tools available within the
app to allow users to quickly move through
the available data.
The datasets available here are for demonstration
purposes only, they are neither complete
nor are they accurate.
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- Full Solar System
- Saturn's moon Titan
This project was an extension on the work
I had already done for NASA's JPL Navigator
program on the
('3D New Worlds Atlas') project.
After seeing what we had accomplished using
only procedural content, we had hoped to
leverage this technology to create a streamlined
browser that could display actual satellite
imagery of our solar system's planets 'in-situ'
correctly overlayed onto the 3D surfaces.
The idea was to allow users to feel they
were exploring space themselves.
As a result, everything had to be open
ended. When possible procedurals were used
to speed up the display of model elements,
and a backend download manager was implemented
to streamline the delivery of actual photographic
I have included above two examples of different
datasets viewed within the browser.
Unfortunately the project is not currently
being pursued by the JPL. Hopefully we will
return to it someday.