The MINERVA prototype (Figure 1) will consist of three tightly integrated components:
- A data base for scientific data products that also maintains analysis results 
- A 3D Visualization Engine (PRo3D)  to navigate through 3D Mars surface reconstructions for extensive geological/morphologic interpretation  using a variety of interactive measurement tools. PRo3D offers important GIS functionalities such as orthographic view, superimposed rover tracks and data locations.
A non-spatial visualization component  for in-depth investigation of data, to discover relations, properties and coherencies otherwise hidden.