“JMARS AR Viewer is perfect for online learning,” said JMARS developer Scott Dickenshied, who is a scientific software engineer at ASU’s Mars Space Flight Facility. “Users can even layer in data on elevation, mineral content and other features.”

The augmented reality app also allows users to generate a QR code of a specific terrain, which can be useful for K–12 teachers designing lesson plans, students presenting academic conference posters, and signage for exhibits.

“Through this app, anyone can create their own custom views of planetary data,” said Kathryn Powell, a postdoctoral scholar with the Mars Space Flight Facility and a contributor to this project. “You can pull up any JMARS data on your coffee table, walk around it, zoom in and out and see the terrains from any angle.”

The JMARS AR Viewer is funded in part by the Interplanetary Initiative at ASU, a panuniversity effort to build the future of humans in space by leading creative thought, innovation and material progress toward interplanetary society.

Video courtesy of Meteor Studio

Karin Valentine

Media Relations & Marketing manager, School of Earth and Space Exploration