AboutshapeViewer is a scientific software first designed to display a 3D shape of an asteroid from a ".shape" or ".ver" file as defined by the database of asteroids models DAMIT. It rapidly evolved into a more versatile tool which let the user visualize all shapes in 3D in an interactive environment and provides several tools to support geomorphological investigation.
It has been used for planning and scientific analysis in the Rosetta and Dawn missions since 2010.
Accurate simulation of images acquired with Rosetta's cameras (NavCam, OSIRIS NAC, OSIRIS WAC)
Various map projections and data visualizations:
Download and installshapeViewer is currently distibuted for Windows systems only.
It is provided as a single zip file. Extract it in the folder of your choice, and run the shapeViewer.exe executable file.
A graphic card supporting at least OpenGL 2.0 is necessary (usually true if your computer was built after 2004).
Latest changelog (complete list in User Manual)2017/11/30: Release 2.9.6
- fixed: corrected the wrong projection of some WAC images
- fixed: "real colors" options appeared toggled off in GUI
- modified: updated SPICE kernels to the official ESA 1.1.0 release
- modified: default 3d shape is now the DLR SHAP7 model (Preusker et al, A&A, 2017), decimated to 200k facets
- modified: time/distance view now displays distances spacecraft-target center and spacecraft-surface
- modified: the coordinates tool now displays the altitude of the selected point
AcknowledgementI kindly ask each publication making use of shapeViewer to include the following acknowledgement:
This research has made use of the scientific software shapeViewer (www.comet-toolbox.com).
Additional informationshapeViewer is built with cross-platform libraries and can be compiled for other systems. I use a native version in Linux but do not have the time to maintain it actively for other users. Feel free to contact me if you absolutely need a Linux version. Alternatively, the Windows executable runs fine in Linux through Wine.
shapeViewer can be used to simulate images of any space mission for which SPICE kernels are available.
I have developped and used other bundles for the following missions:
- Rosetta's asteroids (Steins and Lutetia)
- Dawn at asteroid Vesta
- Deep Impact at comet Tempel 1
- Stardust/Next at comet Hartley 2
Dedicated builds of shapeViewer can be generated for future missions (i.e. OSIRIS-REX, Hayabusa 2, Lucy, ...), contact me fore more information.