August 18, 2015 News

ESA, comet visualisation, and open data

How did ESA build its amazing new visualisation tool for comet 67/P Churyumov-Gerasimenko?

How did ESA build its amazing new visualisation tool for comet 67/P Churyumov-Gerasimenko?

Well, as the terrific Emily Lakdawalla explains in a recent blog post, it began with a 3D model created by space enthusiast Mattias Malmer of Sweden.

The tool itself, which is browser-based, has wowed scientists and laypeople alike.

As Emily correctly notes, this creation is the perfect example of how even major space agencies can utilise open data, sourced from people with a passion for all things cosmic.

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