Case Study: Using Lunar QuickMap to Assess the VIPER Site Selection

March 3, 2022

VIPER Site Selection: NASA recently announced the Volatiles Investigating Polar Exploration Rover (VIPER) landing site west of Nobile crater. The four driving criteria used for site selection were:

  • Earth visibility (communication to Earth)
  • Sunlight for power and thermal equilibrium
  • Potential presence of water
  • Terrain that is well-suited for rover navigation

VIPER's  four selection criteria can be combined into a set of simple expressions using the QuickMap ‘Expression Layers Builder” providing an easy to understand color coded parameter map.

Explore and interact over VIPER site using the Lunar QuickMap workflow here, or watch the clip below