How to create a 3D model of the surface of Mars using photogrammetry software and NASA Curiosity Rover navcam data

Let’s go to Mars! This video shows how I used Photoscan to generate a 3D model from stereoscopic images taken on Mars by the NASA Curiosity Rover.  I was able to generate this model by using a process known as photogrammetry and one of the three pairs of stereo images taken during Sol 1000.

You can download the same data by selecting left and right navcams on this JPL website. In the future I’d like to make an interface that allows me to simply pick from days on which Curiosity recorded stereo imagery, I plan to use this new NASA Mars Photo API to accomplish that request from the JPL servers.

Dennis Bonilla is a user experience designer and digital strategist who co-founded Unified Pop Theory with his friends. Dennis is a trend finder and idea maker who is inspired by individuals that believe the world can be changed one great project at a time. Dennis can be reached on LinkedIn, Twitter, and Google+.

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