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Stardust Raw Images Of Wild 2
post Jan 10 2006, 09:40 PM
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I just created an index page to the 72 raw images captured by Stardust of Wild 2 on the day of the encounter (downloading the original images from the PDS in a jiffy with that wGet software -- what a great innovation):

Stardust Encounter with Wild 2: Raw Image Catalog

As I was working with it to compose more stuff about Wild 2 for our website I realized that all those raw images are flipped left-to-right. Compare this one:

to the maps from the Brownlee et al Science publication:

I am assuming that these (as well as the ones in the Sekanina et al paper that follows it) have the correct orientation.

And yet the most famous picture of Wild 2, the one used for the cover of Science in fact, has not been flipped.

This is really key (and confusing) in part because of the team's names for those big, flat-floored depressions -- Left and Right Foot. Which one's left and which one's right depends on whether the images have been flipped or not!

I'm sure this is not news to people who paid more attention to Stardust when the encounter happened than I did. Does anybody here know anything about why the images in the PDS are flipped?


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