“Real-time Data Fusion and Visualization for the Mars Exploration Rovers”

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    Real-time Data Fusion and Visualization for the Mars Exploration Rovers



    NASA’s twin Mars Exploration Rovers are controlled by a team of scientists and engineers here on Earth. Each day, the operations staff has only four hours to analyze new data gathered by the rovers and create a detailed plan for the next day’s activity.
    To help the operations staff cope with this daunting task, NASA/JPL developed a software package known as the Science Activity Planner (SAP). SAP is designed to reduce planning complexity and time pressure by providing an immersive planning and analysis environment using a variety of real-time data fusion and visualization techniques.


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    Vona, M. A., Backes, P. G., Powell, Norris, J. S., and W., M. 2003. Challenges in 3D Visualization for Mars Exploration Rover Mission Science Planning. IEEE Aerospace Conference.

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