NASA Spinoff Database: Astronomy Aid

NASA Center: Jet Propulsion Laboratory
Public Release Year: 1995
Reference Number: JPL-SO-120
Category: Computer Technology
Origin: Voyager's Grand Tour

As a Jet Propulsion Laboratory astronomer, John D. Callahan developed a computer program called Multimission Interactive Planner (MIP) to help astronomers analyze scientific and optical data collected on the Voyager's Grand Tour. The commercial version of the program called XonVu is published by XonTech, Inc. Callahan has since developed two more advanced programs based on MIP technology, Grand Tour and Jovian Traveler, which simulate Voyager and Giotto missions. The software allows astronomers and space novices to view the objects seen by the spacecraft, manipulating perspective, distance and field of vision.

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Page Number in Published book: 100

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