I'm working in GIS (geographic information system) related firm.
I'm not an artist, and more of a coder / GIS learner .As a side project , I am building a 3D tool in order to cartography... mars ! Well, it could be any planets...
First step was to model mars ( 20km diameter model) with real satellite datas.
Second step is to include basic GIS tools as system coordinates, measuring, putting markers , rendering more precise mars areas, etc....
As i go through that, i realized that you could even enhance that tool with a more elaborated environment ( atmosphere , night/day cycle, post processing effects, walking and flying simulator), and using VR/AR too ! Well , harnessing the power of unity...
I'm really curious if you have similar experiences , or if you tried doing the same thing !
If you are interested, you can already download for free a prototype , a mars viewer here : http://www.senilab.eu. And of course some pics below !
and youtube demo : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5eSa0lq00uk&feature=youtu.be
I'm Looking forward to other projects !