Science Data


Spacecraft Health


3D Data Maps

Lunar Prospector Data Visualization

Data Visualization is the attempt to display information in new ways. For instance, a map was once a "flat" (2D) piece of paper/parchment. As time went on, the map was overlaid onto a sphere and we had our first globe. Data Visualization hopes to take those concepts into the 21st century.

Lunar Prospector was launched on January 7 1998, went into orbit around the Moon on January 11 1998 and completed its year and a half mission with the impact of the spacecraft with the Moon on 31 July 1999.

We will replay some of the data around interesting events. On March 13 1998, Lunar Prospector experienced a penumbral eclipse as the moon saw the earth partially block the sun. See status report #21 for more information. Playing March 13 1998 (072) from 00 to 04 hours GMT. The spacecraft will go behind the moon as well as experience the earth's shadow. Makes for changes of temperature and charging current. Watch for changes in the Spacecraft Health.

Science Data contains a link to the control panel where you can view the replay data from Prospector's five instruments. If you're confused what it all means, you can also check out an overview of each of the five instruments explaining how they work as well as a general overview of how the craft collects and transmitts data.

Location/Position provided an up to the minute view of where Prospector was above the lunar surface. At the moment you can see an image of where Lunar Prospector impacted the Moon

Spacecraft Health lets you know how the craft is doing in five areas: Antenna, Battery, Solar Panels, Fuel Tank, and Thrusters.

Moon VRML are interactive views of the Moon.

3D Data Maps are an interactive view of the various science results from Lunar Prospector that have been overlain on a lunar globe. Many different formats and qualities are available

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