Fostering Outreach, Education and Exploration of the Moon Using the Lunar Mapping & Modeling Portal

Wednesday, 17 December 2014: 1:40 PM
Kyle Dodge1, Emily Law1, Shan Malhotra1, George Chang1, Richard M Kim1, Bach Bui1, Syed Sadaqathullah1 and Brian Hamilton Day2, (1)NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena, CA, United States, (2)NASA Ames Research Center, Moffett Field, United States
The Lunar Mapping and Modeling Portal (LMMP)[1], is a web-based Portal and a suite of interactive visualization and analysis tools for users to access mapped lunar data products (including image mosaics, digital elevation models, etc.) from past and current lunar missions (e.g., Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter, Apollo, etc.). 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 in support of lunar exploration including public outreach, education, lunar mission planning and scientific research.

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.

Our talk will include an overview of LMMP and a demonstration of its technologies (web portals, mobile apps), to show how it serves NASA data as commodities for use by advanced visualization facilities (e.g., planetariums) and how it contributes to improving teaching and learning, increasing scientific literacy of the general public, and enriching STEM efforts.

[1] http://www.lmmp.nasa.gov