A virtual hiking map for Jezero Crater, the landing site of the 2020 Perseverance Mars rover

Map view with basic dataset, selectable viewpoints are marked as droplets. Credit: HiRISE / CTX / HRSC

Prospective Mars explorers can now hike around the landing site of NASA’s Mars 2020 Perseverance rover with an interactive map loaded with orbital imagery, terrain data, and synthetic and real 3D panoramic views of the Jezero Crater and surrounding area. . The map, accessible via a standard 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 several basic datasets available. Some slopes are quite steep, so watch out for those if you want to avoid too much oxygen consumption. ! ” Sebastian Walter said.

“To get a real idea of ​​what to expect on your future trip to Mars, you can click on one of the waypoint symbols to access a full-screen 3D view or, if you have a virtual reality setup, to enter an environment. completely immersive. You can also listen to the sounds of the rover if you are nearby, but please do not touch it, otherwise you will contaminate the probes. ”

The map allows virtual hikers to zoom in and out and quickly move between scenes, so they can explore the landscape from large scales down to an inch of detail. Some of the 360 ​​° panoramas integrated with the waypoints were synthetically rendered from orbital image data.

  • Virtual hiking map for Jezero Crater, the landing site of the 2020 Perseverance Mars rover

    Virtual view from the top of the western delta into the crater. Credit: HiRISE / CTX / HRSC

  • Virtual hiking map for Jezero Crater, the landing site of the 2020 Perseverance Mars rover

    Virtual view from the top of Jezero Mons into the crater. Credit: HiRISE / CTX / HRSC

Others are actual panoramas stitched together from a multitude of individual images taken by the Mastcam-Z camera tool aboard the Mars 2020 Rover Perseverance, which were provided by the University of Arizona. The sounds were recorded by the SuperCam instrument in the same mission as the rover.

The base layer of the map is a merged dataset derived from three different instruments currently orbiting Mars: the HRSC on Mars Express and the Context Camera (CTX) and High Resolution Imaging Science Experiment (HiRISE) instruments on Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (MRO). HiRISE data was provided by the Terrain Relative Navigation (TRN) team of the Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL).

Virtual hiking map for Jezero Crater, the landing site of the 2020 Perseverance Mars rover

Panoramic MastcamZ mosaic from Octavia E. Butler’s landing site. Credit: Mars 2020 / Mastcam-Z / PIA24264, NASA / JPL / ASU / MSSS

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 images and terrain data in an online environment.

“We initially created the Jezero map as an awareness application to complement the HRSC Mapserver tool, which supports professional scientists in exploring the Martian surface,” said Sebastian Walter. “But as the rover returns more and more high-resolution image data and even audio recordings, it is itself the perfect tool for immersive visualization of that data in a scientific context.”


Beautiful dunes on Mars, sculpted by the swirling winds


More information:
Conference: www.epsc2022.eu/

Map: maps.planet.fu-berlin.de/jezero/

Provided by Europlanet

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