History of the

NASA JPL Computer Graphics Laboratory

The unmodified original image is by NASA (NASA JPL image) [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

The NASA JPL Computer Graphics Laboratory existed from 1977 to 1990 and was tasked with bringing the then new field of 3D computer graphics into applicable areas of NASA spaceflight operations. The lab produced computer animations of many spacecraft planetary encounters, including Voyager and Pioneer and other deep space missions. It also provided advanced computer graphics engineering support for the Voyager and other missions, and outside projects were Carl Sagan's Man and the Cosmos series, The Mechanical Universe, and the Annenberg Foundation's Mathematics! Series.

SIGGRAPH 2017 Panel - History of the JPL Computer Graphics Lab
Tuesday August 1, 9:00 - 10:30

June 6, 2018
Dr. Rebecca Perry, University of Virginia, has been named the Society for the History of Technology and the National Aeronautics and Space Administration 2018-19 Fellow in Aerospace History, to research the CGL history, and do presentations, talks and papers, starting in October 2018.

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