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)2017/07/10: Release 2.9.3
- fixed: "set time" dialog now disabled in movie mode
- fixed: "set time" dialog will remember time of last frame after exiting movie mode
- fixed: scalebar length is correct even if target not intersecting boresight
- modified: complete rewrite of the graticule function. It is now faster, and customizable
- modified: similar rewrite of the topographic profile tool, now guaranteed to catch all facets between two points
- modified: 'View Axes' now shows both positive (solid line) and negative (dashed line) axes
- modified: replaced gravity model with Cheng 2012. Slower but more accurate
- modified: some operations parallelized with openmp, slight gain of performance
- modified: slopes displayed in colors by default, use CLI to change colormap
- added: inline help in command line interface
- added: various colormaps accessible from the console
AcknowledgementI kindly ask each 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.
shapeViewer is developped on my free time. Donations are greatly appreciated and motivate me to add new features !