3D Asteroid Viewer – Tempe


Arizona State University (Tempe Campus)


Iron Class (2018 – 2019)

Student TEAM

John Assaf, Computer Science
Ryan Edwards, Computer Science
Hoang Le, Computer Science
Billy Llamas, Informatics
Sadie Ogle, Informatics
Kairavi Shah, Informatics
Jessica Wallace, Engineering Management

Scientific & Technical Guidance

Dr. Daniel Wenkert, NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory

Academic Guidance

Dr. Daniel McCarville, Professor of Practice, ASU School of Computing, Informatics, and Decision Systems Engineering
Dr. Ryan Meuth, Lecturer, ASU School of Computing, Informatics, and Decision Systems Engineering
Yiting Yao, ASU (PhD Student in Computer Science)
Dr. Ming Zhao, Associate Professor, ASU School of Computing, Informatics, and Decision Systems Engineering


A web browser-based application with the ability to rotate and zoom on an arbitrary-shaped body (in other words, something like an asteroid, which is not necessarily round like a planet) in a normal web browser. Although we do not yet have data for Psyche, there is ample data, including shape models, for other main belt asteroids, which can be used in developing the viewer. Future work on this project will indicate all the places on the model where space-based data have been collected and present the data.

This shows a screenshot from the 3D Asteroid Viewer. It shows a black background with an oblong, lumpy grey asteroid (Itokawa) and a drop-down menu to allow you to select another asteroid (Vesta).

3D Asteroid Viewer

This work was created in partial fulfillment of Arizona State University Capstone Courses “CSE 485-486″ and “IEE 485-486”. The work is a result of the Psyche Student Collaborations component of NASA’s Psyche Mission (https://psyche.asu.edu). “Psyche: A Journey to a Metal World” [Contract number NNM16AA09C] is part of the NASA Discovery Program mission to solar system targets. Trade names and trademarks of ASU and NASA are used in this work for identification only. Their usage does not constitute an official endorsement, either expressed or implied, by Arizona State University or National Aeronautics and Space Administration. The content is solely the responsibility of the authors and does not necessarily represent the official views of ASU or NASA.