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The Stereo Pipeline

The NASA Ames Stereo Pipeline (ASP) is a suite of automated geodesy & stereogrammetry tools designed for processing planetary imagery captured from orbiting and landed robotic explorers on other planets. It was designed to process stereo imagery captured by NASA spacecraft and produce cartographic products including digital elevation models (DEMs), ortho-projected imagery, and 3D models. These data products are suitable for science analysis, mission planning, and public outreach.

The Stereo Pipeline is part of the NASA NeoGeography Toolkit.

This version of the Stereo Pipeline is designed as an add-on to an existing installation of the USGS Integrated Software for Imagers and Spectrometers (ISIS). ISIS is widely used in the planetary science community for processing raw spacecraft imagery into high level data products of scientific interest such as map projected and mosaicked imagery.

Downloading and Installation

The latest Stereo Pipeline binary distribution is available below. Version 2.4.1 binaries are designed to be compatible with ISIS v3.4.6. Please install ISIS if you wish to process NASA non-terrestrial imagery. Users wishing to processing Digital Globe, GeoEye, or perspective imagery do not need to download anything else.

Source code is also provided here for your reference. We only recommend building from source for advanced users.


We recommend that all users of the Stereo Pipeline take the time to thoroughly read the user's guide below to build an understanding of how stereo reconstruction and bundle adjustment can be best used together to produce high quality results. Please don’t hesitate to contact us if you have any questions.

Mailing List

All bugs, feature requests, and general discussion regarding the Stereo Pipeline should be sent to the Stereo Pipeline user mailing list:

  • stereo-pipeline [at] lists [dot] nasa [dot] gov

To subscribe to this list, send an empty email message with the subject 'subscribe' (without the quotes) to

  • stereo-pipeline-request [at] lists [dot] nasa [dot] gov

To contact the lead developers and project manager directly, send mail to:

  • stereo-pipeline-owner [at] lists [dot] nasa [dot] gov

Contributing to the Stereo Pipeline

Please contact stereo-pipeline-owner [at] lists [dot] nasa [dot] gov if you wish to contribute to the Ames Stereo Pipeline or use the Github interface. Ames Stereo Pipeline is Apache 2 licensed. The latest development code is available on GitHub. We accept patches for either the last released code or for the development versions.


Moratto, Z. M., M. J. Broxton, R. A. Beyer, M. Lundy, and K. Husmann. 2010. Ames Stereo Pipeline, NASA's Open Source Automated Stereogrammetry Software. Lunar and Planetary Science Conference 41, abstract #2364. [ADS Abstract].

Broxton, M. J. and L. J. Edwards. 2008. The Ames Stereo Pipeline: Automated 3D Surface Reconstruction from Orbital Imagery. Lunar and Planetary Science Conference 39, abstract #2419. [ADS Abstract].

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Version 2.4.1 of the Stereo Pipeline has been released!

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