The version of Cosmographia provided by NAIF is an extension of the open source Cosmographia application originally developed by Chris Laurel of Fifth Star Labs LLC in 2010-2011. NAIF is pleased that Chris has agreed to allow us to release the JPL-extended version of his program.
For rendering, Cosmographia uses the open source VESTA library from Astos Solutions. NAIF thanks Astos Solutions for permission to use the VESTA library in the JPL-extended version of this program.
In 2014-2015 Eric Ferguson, Andrew Hall and Jonathan Castello have developed the initial set of JPL extensions to Cosmographia, with the Europa Clipper and Cassini projects, and NASA’s Advanced Multi-Mission Operations System (AMMOS), providing the funding.
Since 2016, under contract with NAIF, Chris Laurel of Fifth Star Labs LLC continues development of JPL extensions to Cosmographia using funding provided by the Planetary Data System.
The initial User’s Guide and templates for preparing JSON files used to connect SPICE data to Cosmographia were prepared by JPL 2014-2015 summer students Michelle Park and Farhan Alam, with updates by Eric Ferguson, Boris Semenov, and Charles Acton of the NAIF Group at JPL. This User’s Guide website was prepared by JPL 2015 summer student Michelle Park, with updates by Boris Semenov and Charles Acton of the NAIF Group at JPL.
The SPICE format generic planet, satellite and asteroid ephemerides are produced by JPL’s Solar System Dynamics Group.
SPICE format planet, satellite and asteroid size, shape and orientation data are taken from the “Report of the IAU Working Group on Cartographic Coordinates and Rotational Elements: 2009.”
NAIF Team members Nathaniel Bachman, Boris Semenov and Edward Wright, and their predecessors, under Charles Acton’s management, developed the SPICE system components used extensively within this version of Cosmographia. Boris Semenov is the current NAIF manager.
Development of Cosmographia occurs under the auspices of the Planetary Data System program, managed by NASA’s Planetary Science Division.