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Titan from Voyager 1
Spock1108
post Nov 27 2016, 05:23 PM
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Analyzing this Titan photos of Voyager 1 shows a hood ... it is to the north or the south pole?
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post Nov 28 2016, 03:54 AM
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That's the north polar hood. The Voyager 1 flyby was just after northern Spring equinox, so the hood from the previous northern winter had not yet dissipated.

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post Nov 30 2016, 04:28 AM
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not 100% sure the exact same image
" c3491749.imq "
added a grid , the blue dot is 0 lat and 180 long , the yellow dot id the northpole
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post Sep 3 2017, 10:54 PM
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Am I imagining this, or did someone point out some time ago that if you process the living daylights out of Voyager 1 imagery, the northern lakes are just visible? I thought I read this on this forum somewhere, but am having trouble finding it with the search terms I am using, and Google doesn't seem to be my friend either.
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post Sep 4 2017, 01:27 AM
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I could swear I remembered a thread too. There is this paper from 2004, though I can't recall finding the thread itself.
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post Sep 4 2017, 02:21 AM
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i do not think it was titan , but Uranus

you can get a few things out of the 8 bit images for that planet , but most things are just the 8 bit depth
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post Sep 4 2017, 05:38 AM
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I do recall a study which showed very faint dark markings on Titan in Voyager 1 images. Not back in the early 80s, but quite a bit later, I think. And absolutely not the polar lakes, but the areas we now know to be dark sand dunes near the equator. But there was never a clear view of anything, only the very vaguest hint of dark areas. I don't recall any comparison with recent maps.

EDIT - oops, there was a comparison! Here is the paper:

http://www.jerichardsonjr.info/Papers/jeri...on_ICAR2004.pdf



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post Sep 4 2017, 11:30 PM
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This is why I so much hoped to find the digital Pioneer 11 scans. It had a true red channel, so although the resolution was poor, extracting the surface just might be possible.


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post Sep 5 2017, 12:20 AM
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QUOTE (tedstryk @ Sep 4 2017, 11:30 PM) *
This is why I so much hoped to find the digital Pioneer 11 scans. It had a true red channel, so although the resolution was poor, extracting the surface just might be possible.


Really? So what happened? They were received on the ground, but cannot now be found in the archives?
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post Sep 5 2017, 06:51 AM
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QUOTE (Seryddwr @ Sep 5 2017, 02:20 AM) *
Really? So what happened? They were received on the ground, but cannot now be found in the archives?

Thank you Seryddwr for your good question.

Sometimes, old data cannot now be found in the archives, mainly because it were stored on magnetic tapes, and some of it was lost (or wrongly classified) or even damaged in the storage areas or even erased by other data input. A good example is the famous case of the "Apollo 11 missing tapes" :
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Apollo_11_missing_tapes

At this time, the NSSDC was not organized to cope with the managing of planetary data and this is why the PDS was created to handle and distribute it.
Here are some interesting papers summarizing the history of the PDS and its activities :
http://citeseerx.ist.psu.edu/viewdoc/downl...p1&type=pdf
https://www.hou.usra.edu/meetings/planetdat...15/pdf/7028.pdf
http://www.lpi.usra.edu/pss/mar2015/PDS.pdf

Well, tedstryk is UMSF's "imaging wizard"... Who knows ? Just wait : patience is required... smile.gif
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