SCS Undergraduate Thesis Topics

Student Advisor Thesis Topic
Kerry Snyder William Red L. Whittaker Visual and Geometric Modeling of Lunar Surface Features

In recent years, the discovery of skylights on the surface of the Moon and Mars has driven scientific interest, as they would make an ideal location for human settlement. This project develops the software and remote sensing capabilities necessary to generate a high resolution 3D mesh model of a skylight from observations of a landing spacecraft. Skylights are believed to be collapsed entrances to underground lava tubes, which could shelter a settlement from radiation, thermal extremes, and micrometeorites. At a much higher resolution then presently available orbital imagery, these techniques will allow scientists to study of the genesis of these skylights and determine the properties of possible caves underneath.

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