Spacecraft missions return massive amounts of valuable data, but those data can be hard to access, analyze, and interpret. Asteroids, comets, and small moons present additional challenges: the irregular shapes of these bodies are ill-suited for two-dimensional projections.
The Small Body Mapping Tool (SBMT) addresses these challenges. The SBMT is an interactive tool that allows users to visualize and manipulate small body shape models in three dimensions. The Tool enables quick and easy searches for spacecraft data of a variety of small bodies. Once selected, data can be projected directly onto the shape models, and built-in analysis and mapping capabilities facilitate scientific investigations. Click here to explore the broad range of objects and datasets available in the SBMT.
The SBMT has been used by several flight mission teams, including Dawn, Rosetta, OSIRIS-REx, and Hayabusa2. Mission-specific shape models, data, and features will be available to all SBMT users once the mission data become publicly available.
Currently, the best reference to cite for the SBMT is Ernst et al., 2018, The Small Body Mapping Tool (SBMT) for Accessing, Visualizing, and Analyzing Spacecraft Data in Three Dimensions, LPSC 49, abstract no. 1043. Click here for a list of papers and abstracts that have described or used the SBMT.
Each body in the SBMT has a dedicated documentation page. Most of the data in the SBMT come from the NASA Planetary Data System (PDS).
Once you have selected a body from the index, you will see the shape models available in the SBMT for that object and a list of available spacecraft datasets. Clicking on the name of a particular dataset (if a hyperlink exists) will take you to a page that provides further details on that dataset. These instrument-level documentation pages often contain an image preview gallery so that you can quickly see what images are available in the SBMT.
Some data in the SBMT (e.g., those under development, those of active missions) have restricted access. However, these data become available to all SBMT users once they have been released to the PDS.
The SBMT is currently available for Mac, Windows, and Linux systems.
To install the Tool, download the file for your operating system, navigate to the sbmt folder, and run the 'runsbmt' program.
Latest version available: 0.8.3.3 on 2023.07.17
Last build: 07-17-2023
Please contact us if you have questions about the Tool, need to file a bug report, or have suggestions for new capabilities.
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