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post Feb 4 2009, 09:45 PM
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This is amazing. With the terrain mesh detail and aniso filtering applied in the options the detail is very good, its almost like being there.

Just tried the lighting options Sets the correct lighting on the landscape as of now, its sunset from the floor of the Valles Marineris biggrin.gif
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post Feb 5 2009, 03:56 AM
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I was impressed by the very accurate 3d renderings of locations where they have been able to interpolate good terrain models. For example, I was able to see, with a very high degree of accuracy, what Victoria looks like from on top of the Soup Dragon... smile.gif

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post Feb 5 2009, 04:41 AM
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I love it! But is there anyway to get rid of that blue sky on mars? smile.gif

And it has crashed my mac occasionally loading a MOC image...


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post Feb 5 2009, 07:48 AM
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This IS the answer to those IAS Viewer problems on my PPC Mac (never resolved),
I can't remember if Google Earth was around when MRO launched, they've come a long way... smile.gif


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post Feb 5 2009, 10:48 AM
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QUOTE (dvandorn @ Feb 5 2009, 03:56 AM) *
I was able to see, with a very high degree of accuracy, what Victoria looks like from on top of the Soup Dragon...


That's the USGS HiRISE DEM work. It's amazing.
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post Feb 6 2009, 05:08 AM
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QUOTE (lyford @ Feb 4 2009, 10:41 PM) *
I love it! But is there anyway to get rid of that blue sky on mars? smile.gif
That's curious. The sky is a gradation of brownish shades on my system.


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post Feb 6 2009, 05:35 AM
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Huh - I must have the uncalibrated version!
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post Feb 6 2009, 05:41 AM
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QUOTE (djellison @ Feb 5 2009, 02:48 AM) *
That's the USGS HiRISE DEM work. It's amazing.

Forget the view from the top, here's from the middle of the Victoria Crater in the dunes looking up! smile.gif
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There is elevation data for the individual ripples!!!!
Also, I turned of the atmosphere so I wouldn't be distracted by the blueness. There has to be a setting that I am missing somewheres.




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post Feb 6 2009, 03:31 PM
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That would have made an interesting first post-landing image...


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post Feb 6 2009, 03:34 PM
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QUOTE (imipak @ Feb 6 2009, 10:31 AM) *
That would have made an interesting first post-landing image...

(...and possibly for the entire mission.)


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post Feb 6 2009, 04:27 PM
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Wow, this is amazing! I was flying over the Columbia Hills, Endurance and Victoria for a couple of hours last night.

I'm a newbie to Google Earth......how do I turn off the place names and all those red lines (image boundaries?)? I want to see nothing but the Martian terrain.



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post Feb 6 2009, 04:40 PM
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QUOTE (aldo12xu @ Feb 6 2009, 04:27 PM) *
I'm a newbie to Google Earth......how do I turn off the place names and all those red lines (image boundaries?)? I want to see nothing but the Martian terrain.


Bottom left there is a window called Layers where you can tick/untick various boxes to turn those things on/off. Turn them all off apart from Terrain (the bottom one) for the true Mars smile.gif

Just realized that you can have outlines of lots (all?) HiRISE, CTX, MOC, HRSC and CRISM images with links to the image page on the web, by turning on the layers. smile.gif

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post Feb 6 2009, 04:55 PM
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And for those that might not have realized, the flight simulator works on Mars as well! smile.gif

I've just been annoying Spirit, by buzzing her in my F16.

If you don't know about it, there is a fully functioning Flight Simulator built into Google Earth as an 'easter egg' - press Ctrl + Alt + A ( Cmd + Option + A on the Mac) to enter (after you've done it once a menu item appears under Tools). Have fun.

http://earth.google.com/userguide/v5/ug_flightsim.html
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post Feb 6 2009, 05:03 PM
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Man, oh, man, this keeps getting better and better!! Can't wait to get home to try it out. Thanks James!


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post Feb 6 2009, 06:27 PM
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Am I the only one on UMSF with the Blue Sky Bug? I am on a Macbook running 10.5


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