- Gravity Recovery and Interior Laboratory (GRAIL) is NASA’s first planetary mission with instruments fully dedicated to education and public outreach.
- While the twin GRAIL satellites orbited the Moon to learn more about its gravity and interior composition, MoonKAM (Moon Knowledge Acquired by Middle school students) gave students a unique opportunity to snap their own images of the Moon’s surface using cameras on board the spacecraft. It is led by Sally Ride Science—the science education company founded by Dr. Sally Ride, America's first woman in space—in collaboration with undergraduate students at the University of California, San Diego.
- The GRAIL satellites captured thousands of images during their yearlong mission. Take this educational experience to the next level by allowing students to interact with these images.
Create an application for the Web and/or an Android mobile device (or other open-source mobile platform) that will allow users to take an interactive tour of the Moon. Overlay MoonKAM images onto 3D-generated lunar topography using available information. Once the image is displayed on the Moon model, identify the lunar features in the image, such as craters, unique locations such as lunar landing sites, etc. This application is intended primarily for educational use but will be accessible to the general public.
As an added challenge, allow users to display the most recent GRAIL Gravity Data and to place a spacecraft in orbit around the to see how their spacecraft is affected by the variations in gravity. Social media features can also be built into the app to allow users to share their comments, edits, and favorite images and locations.
You may utilize existing platforms, such as Google Moon, to accomplish this goal. Below are some features, including many that do not exist in current platforms.
- Interactive 3D model of the Moon
- Ability to overlay MoonKAM images onto the model based on associated latitude and longitude information for each image
- Allow images to be annotated within the application
- Latitude- and longitude-based search
- Ability to display images over a certain time period
- Allow a spacecraft flyby over selected terrain
- Show Gravity overlay
- Ability to use a sliding time scale to show various images of the same location taken over time
Possible additional features:
- Social media features to allow users to share images, notes, flybys, and comments. Allow users to rate images.
- Allow users to search for key landmarks and identify individual landmarks (e.g., craters, landing sites)
- Auto-identify craters, lunar features, landing sites, etc.
- Ability to determine scale of images and distances between locations
- Build in avatar support for users
GRAIL Gravity Datahttp://geo.pds.nasa.gov/missions/grail/default.htm
Available via the Planetary Data System.
GRAIL Gravity Data News Release and Gravity Map
GRAIL Gravity Maphttp://www.nasa.gov/mission_pages/grail/multimedia/pia16587.html
Isn't it amazing that we can map the gravity of the moon without even being on it? :)
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On the Moon
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