American Museum of Natural History

May 4, 2017
visualization of the OSIRIS-REx space craft's projected image mapping campaign on asteroid Bennu

Team Mission

OpenSpace is new open source interactive data visualization software designed to visualize the entire known universe and portray our ongoing efforts to investigate the cosmos. Bringing the latest techniques from data visualization research to the general public, OpenSpace supports interactive presentation of dynamic data from observations, simulations, and space mission planning and operations. The software works on multiple operating systems with an extensible architecture powering high resolution tiled displays and planetarium domes, making use of the latest graphic card technologies for rapid data throughput. In addition, OpenSpace enables simultaneous connections across the globe.

What does your team hope to achieve?

  • Increased interest and engagement in STEM among our target audiences
  • Increased interest and engagement in NASA SMD content
  • A robust community of Open Space users, including ISIs, home-based, and school-based
  • Creation and dissemination of new models for ISI programming


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The goal of OpenSpace is to see the processes of the universe, and how we explore them, with interaction from any angle of view, scale or timescale from available data and simulation.
--Carter Emmart