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Unmanned _ Tech, General and Imagery _ Combing the archives for the best MER processing at UMSF

Posted by: elakdawalla Jun 23 2016, 05:09 PM

The existence of this community was inspired, in large part, by the sharing of MER raw image data, and there have been tons of examples of gorgeous amateur image processing work posted here over the years. Unfortunately, not many of these have been added to the to collect amateur work, because the library postdates much of the events of the MER missions. I'm wondering if I could interest a couple of you fans in combing through past MER threads to locate images that ought to be in a gallery that represents the kinds of amazing work that amateurs can do with raw (or PDS) image data. You wouldn't need to write captions or anything, just collect links to posts made during the last 13 years that contain images of particular beauty or significance, representing as wide an array of contributors as possible. Anybody want to volunteer to help?

Posted by: Explorer1 Jun 23 2016, 07:06 PM

Great idea, but the trouble is, lots of those old posts (the Spirit forum especially) link to pages that haven't existed in 10+ years. Web hosts have moved on, and the Wayback Machine isn't guaranteed to have captured them.
At least Doug's Bonneville and Columbia hills colour pans survived:

Posted by: elakdawalla Jun 23 2016, 07:19 PM

All the more reason to capture what we can, while we can...

Posted by: Fran Ontanaya Jun 23 2016, 09:16 PM

Lots of pics in the Endeavour Drive thread around Sept 2008

Posted by: elakdawalla Jun 24 2016, 03:23 PM

I started going through the archives and found this gem from Doug... smile.gif

Posted by: sittingduck Jun 24 2016, 07:55 PM

Over time I have collected many MER images, some from UMSF, some from dedicated websites, flickr, or various enthusiast blogs. Unfortunately for those which do not have an author's credits stamped onto them I cannot say where they come from.

For convenience I place a small selection of them here in compressed form: It may be possible to reverse-image-search any you find particularly interesting and that you suspect are from UMSF. I already see several names that I recognize as users here.

Posted by: elakdawalla Jun 24 2016, 08:13 PM

Sittingduck, this is a spectacular collection, thank you. I'll put my intern to work tracking down the sources and adding them to the image library.

Posted by: sittingduck Jun 24 2016, 08:50 PM

I have one more set to share: with significantly larger images and anaglyphs. It is possible there is some very minor duplication.

I notice imgur does compress some images much heavier than others, rather arbitrarily, so if any of them stand out to you as being hopelessly damaged in the process I can upload individual images to lossless hosting websites.

Edit: Yes especially those images of ~>20,000px are simply ruined by imgur hosting and sharing them is not particularly easy. Any ideas?

Posted by: elakdawalla Jun 24 2016, 09:40 PM

Contact me at blog at planetary dot org! (This goes as well for anyone who wants to help out)

In general, we will look for the original places that images were posted (Flickr, etc) to try to get to the source.

Posted by: Ant103 Aug 22 2016, 10:10 AM

You can always go to my archives from 2005 there :

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