3-D Asteroid Viewer


Arizona State University – Online


Nickel Class (2020 – 2021)


Ryan Cluff, Software Engineering
Alexandra Hollingsworth, Software Engineering
Roger Lathrop, Software Engineering
Jacob Lepoff, Software Engineering
Luis Ramirez-Zamacona, Software Engineering


Scott Dickenshied, Scientific Software Engineer, Mars Space Flight Facility, ASU
Dr. Daniel Wenkert, Senior System Engineer, Jet Propulsion Laboratory


Dr. Doug Sandy, Lecturer, Engineering Academic & Student Affairs, ASU


In preparation for arrival at the Psyche asteroid, one of the Psyche science team members based at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory proposed a project to create 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 and to indicate all the places on the model where space-based data have been collected. 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. The capstone team worked with previous teams’ contributions on this project and helped create a finalized product.

This work was created in partial fulfillment of Arizona State University Capstone Course “SER 401”. 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.