The Lunar Mapping and Modeling team in the Intelligent Robotics Group (IRG) has completed the 3D stereo reconstruction and digital elevation models (DEM) of the entire Apollo 15 zone from scanned images recently made available at Arizona State University. These DEMs have a resolution of 15 meters per pixel and were generated using the Ames Stereo Pipeline, an IRG-developed software tool for automated processing of stereo imagery that uses advanced techniques in bundle adjustment, Bayesian image correlation, and mosaicing. This accomplishment is an important milestone toward the completion of DEM coverage of the entire Apollo zone.
BACKGROUND: The goal of this effort is to implement, integrate, and develop a suite of lunar mapping, modeling, and visualization and analysis products that support the lunar precursor robotics program using imagery and data from the Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter (LRO) and Lunar CRater Observation and Sensing Satellite (LCROSS) missions, as well as historical lunar data from Apollo, the Lunar Orbiter, and Clementine, and international historical lunar data from Kaguya and Chandrayaan.
NASA PROGRAM FUNDING: The Lunar Mapping and Modeling project is an ESMD-funded project with members from ARC, MSFC, Goddard, JPL, and the USGS.
TEAM: Terry Fong, Ara Nefian, Michael Broxton, Zachary Moratto, Taemin Kim, Michael Lundy, Ted Scharff, and Ross Beyer
Contact: Ara Nefian