Mill Valley, Calif.--June 25, 1997--As part of the objective of the Mars Pathfinder Mission, NASA will use simulation application software built with WorldToolKit from SENSE8 Corp. (Mill Valley, Calif.) to create an interactive photo-realistic environment of Mars.
When the Mars Pathfinder spacecraft lands on July 4, it will release a single vehicle microrover--Sojourner--equipped with a pair of stereoscopic cameras and other sensors onto the Mars surface. These instruments will allow the Sojourner to investigate the geology, surface morphology, rotational, and orbital dynamics of Mars.
The dual cameras will take stereoscopic images of Mars and send them back to the Mission Control at NASA, where these images will be converted into 3-D Martian terrain geometry using a WorldToolKit-based application. The application will then texture-map these images onto the 3-D terrain and create a virtual Martian environment. This WorldToolKit application will allow NASA scientists to interactively explore the terrain in real time and send the Sojourner to specific areas for further investigation.
WorldToolKit is a cross-platform application development system that includes visual simulation/virtual reality and GUI function libraries, plus powerful end-user productivity tools. Incorporating SENSE8's OpenVR technology, the WorldToolKit development tool (available for Windows 95/ NT, IRIX, Solaris, and Alpha-based systems) is optimized to take advantage of the unique capabilities of each platform to deliver unmatched graphics performance.
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