“Following up on a 2020 submission, more samples and hi-res data have been added to NASA’s research-grade Astromaterials 3D site,” writes Slashdot reader White Yeti. “I don’t see a new/news link, so here’s text from the informal release statement.” From the release: Astromaterials 3D, the first virtual library of NASA’s collections of Apollo Lunar and Antarctic Meteorite samples, is releasing 20 new lunar and meteorite samples to the public this month! This launch also includes the release of an exciting new feature, called NASA Pins, which allows the public to view pre-selected sample characteristics on each rock’s surface and within the XCT imagery, in order to share the incredible science these space rocks reveal. Each NASA Pin is curated by NASA Scientists and includes brief explanations about each pinned feature. This launch also includes the highly anticipated public release of the actual high-resolution OBJ files that the Astromaterials 3D team creates for each rock, easily and freely downloadable from every rock’s page. Originally launched to the public in December 2020, the Astromaterials 3D Website and Explorer Application continues to grow, offering a dynamic, interactive, and information-rich visualization tool for researchers and the general public. Keep your eye on the site for this exciting forthcoming release: https://ares.jsc.nasa.gov/astromaterials3d/.
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