Color Management

Luxology's modo Software Helps NASA Visualize Prototype Moon Rover

Posted: January 6, 2009

A new NASA Lunar vehicle, the six-wheeled Small Pressurized Rover (SPR), is making its first public appearance during the parade at the inauguration ceremonies for U.S. President Barack Obama. The prototype was visualized in Luxology's modo® 302 software by NASA designers at the Johnson Space Center, enabling them to create a photoreal image of the SPR prior to physical production.

The designer's precise rendering relied heavily on modo 302 features such as Micropoly Displacement, which allowed them to get the texture of carbon fiber just right. Both parade attendees and TV viewers can view the first public showing of the next-generation SPR, visualized in Luxology's modo software and produced by NASA for the proposed manned return to the moon in approximately 2020.

More images of the modo-created prototype can be viewed at here. modo is an innovative 3D modeling, painting and rendering software designed to accelerate the creation of world-class models, associated color and normal maps, and ultra high-quality renderings. More information on Luxology, its flagship product modo®, a gallery of artists' images and the active modo community is available online at