NAIF has tried to provide installer packages that will work in the
indicated computing environments. But there may be compatibility issues in
getting the tool to work on any given machine. You or your system administrator
may need to install missing or different versions of system components on your
machine in order to get Cosmographia to execute. Caution: these packages are
rather large, as indicated.
These installers include options to allow
downloading of the Cosmographia-SPICE User's Guide and associated catalog
templates, and several real mission examples, consisting of catalog files and
installers noted above include a set of generic SPICE kernels and corresponding
catalog files that will be loaded into Cosmographia at start-up. These provide
solar system body ephemerides and orientation spanning the period of 1950 to
The on-line Cosmographia User's Guide is available here.
The Cosmographia-SPICE User's Guide and associated catalog templates, and
several Cosmographia examples (catalog files and SPICE kernels) are also
available separately in the package noted below.
- SPICE-enhanced Cosmographia_User's_Package consisting of:
Cosmographia-SPICE User's Guide
- The catalog template files mentioned in
the User's Guide
- A collection of example catalog files and
corresponding SPICE meta-kernels, providing sample visualizations for several
- A "README" text file describing the contents of this
package, and what additionally is needed.
package DOES NOT contain the actual mission kernels for the examples; it
contains only the appropriate meta-kernels. This is because the kernel
collections can be quite large. To utilize any of these examples you must first
download the SPICE
archive for the mission(s) of interest to you. Carefully read the README
file provided in the Cosmographia User's Package for details.
available is a stand-alone Java-based tool, jsongen, useful in preparing or editing the various catalog files needed
to run Cosmographia. Both a GUI and a command-line version are included, but
user's are recommended to stick with the GUI version. This tool was built as a
summer project by a high-school student. The time available was not sufficient
to make it as robust as we'd like, but it does work. Alternatively you could
carefully use any text editor to prepare or revise a catalog file that could
help you with creating or editing catalog files.
If you are having problems installing SPICE-enhanced Cosmographia and your SysAdmin is
unable to fix the problem, contact Charles Acton, NAIF Manager; possibly we can give some