STUDENTS STUDY MARS WITH INTERACTIVE ANALYSIS TOOLS DESIGNED AT NASA’S GSFC GEODYNAMICS BRANCH
The majority of the recent research studies by undergraduates in the Geodynamics Branch have been focused on Mars topography and geology. We have an outstanding new Mars topography data set provided by MOLA (Mars Orbital Laser Altimeter). The fine detail and precision of the data has given Mars planetary scientists a detailed view of the red planet allowing precise measurement and studies of geologic and geomorphic features that were previously unobtainable.
In addition to having access to excellent data, having well suited analysis tools has helped make this program a success. The Geodynamics Branch has created an analysis tool called GRIDVIEW which students can use to easily view, measure and make graphics of gridded data. GRIDVIEW was written in IDL and provides a user-friendly, interactive menu driven point and click interface to various display and measurement options. The program is very mature and has been successfully used for more than 3 years, but is still under development as we add new features for data analysis and visualization. GRIDVIEW is available for download at http://denali.gsfc.nasa.gov/mola_pub/gridview.
In this poster we will show some of the current research being conducted by students using GRIDVIEW and MOLA data to study Mars.