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MEX VMC - Back on, and online!
Hungry4info
post Jun 5 2010, 03:37 PM
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Haha! Very nice! laugh.gif


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post Aug 12 2010, 03:37 AM
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Emily posted a nice animated sequence of August 8th's MEX-VMC images of the Martian North Pole: http://www.planetary.org/blog/article/00002618/

Me likee polar cap shots. Here is an image comparison between an image from the August 8, 2010 MEX-VMC set and an earlier image of the North pole taken on May 27, 2010. Cropped and coordinated for comparison:

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(Changes are evident, especially near Chasma Boreale)


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post Aug 13 2010, 03:10 AM
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I couldn't resist...I tried to estimate areal coverage change of ice....

So, ignoring things like lighting direction, phase angle, and perspective differences, I used the magic wand and a series of Photoshop semi-manual selections/deselections to make a very subjective estimate of what is ice covered and what isn't inside a defined region (red border).

Results below:
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First line shows original MEX-VMC image, second line shows the ice coverage "mask" inside the defined region, third line shows the defined region, and the mask.
The ice coverage inside the region changed from 53% to 65% in just a little over 2 months. This is a 25% increase in areal extent of ice (non-projection corrected).


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post Sep 8 2010, 06:01 PM
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Hooray for the VMC team being recognized by Europlanet!!


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post Sep 8 2010, 06:07 PM
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I was gutted when they didn't win the main prize, but I'm very very glad to see them get the recognition they deserve smile.gif

Love these words from the steering committee
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“The judges recognise that making data from space missions accessible to the public at the earliest opportunity is an action that NASA has shown to be a very effective way in engaging the public with their missions and something that Europe needs to adopt. The OSC sees your team work to use VMC to give a "Live" window on Mars as a much needed initiative. The OSC hopes that the mention in 2010 will encourage ESA and other space agencies to follow this example more widely and consider the use of raw images for outreach purposes from the planning stages of missions!
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post Sep 8 2010, 06:28 PM
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"The OSC hopes that the mention in 2010 will encourage ESA and other space agencies to follow this example more widely and consider the use of raw images for outreach purposes from the planning stages of missions!"

Wow... I'm sure we all hope that too... smile.gif

Well done all the VMC team, great Outreach work!


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post Nov 9 2010, 02:30 PM
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A really nice low-phase angle lower elevation pass over Mars just got posted on the MEX-VMC website:
http://webservices.esa.int/blog/post/6/1283

(Scrolling the view up and down with your mouse wheel gives a pretty cool effect!)


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post Nov 14 2010, 02:03 PM
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Two large clouds just downwind of Alba Mons: http://www.flickr.com/photos/31678681@N07/5174953020/
Raw images here: http://webservices.esa.int/blog/post/6/1286


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post Aug 3 2011, 03:24 PM
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Article describing Mars Express VMC camera and lotsa shout-outs to UMSF members and the amateur community in general!

T. Ormston, M. Denis, D. Scuka, and H. Griebel, Acta Astronautica Volume 69, Issues 7-8, September-October 2011, 703-713. "An ordinary camera in an extraordinary location: Outreach with the Mars Webcam". doi:10.1016/j.actaastro.2011.04.015.

(Pay-for article: abstract available here)



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post Oct 21 2011, 01:34 PM
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Science!

Scientific use of the MEX-VMC instrument to help put CO2 clouds in context!

Check out:
Schulster et al., EPSC 6 (2011), Abstract EPSC-DPS2011-706-1. "Support to the CO2 Cloud Observations by Mars Express
with the VMC Visual Monitoring Camera" freely available here.


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post May 16 2012, 10:31 PM
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MEX-VMC coming back online! Here is the first test image since it went down last fall.

http://www.flickr.com/photos/esa_events/72.../in/photostream


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post May 16 2012, 10:57 PM
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Awesome news!

I have to ask: how did you notice the posting of that image? It wasn't mentioned on the ESA VMC blog.


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post May 16 2012, 11:52 PM
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Facebook. (It has its utility).


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post Mar 29 2014, 09:21 AM
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Phobos from the VMC: http://blogs.esa.int/vmc/ (note: direct link to http://blogs.esa.int/vmc/2014/03/28/mars-w...m-spots-phobos/ does not seem to work at this time)


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