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Google Mars HiRISE base images for Opportunity
Zeke4ther
post Oct 31 2011, 10:47 PM
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cool!!


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post Nov 17 2011, 10:08 PM
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Hi all!

Sorry this took so long to finish (at least Opportunity is still going!), but Trent Hare of the USGS Flagstaff, has posted my new basemap on a couple websites for quick viewing. These sites are temporary, so I don't know how long they'll be up. There's also a downloadable kmz file for placing in Google Mars. I tried it, and it works, but a colleague here couldn't get it to display. There are some issues - like too hard a stretch - that will be dealt with in future postings.

From Trent:

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You can share this also - but warn them it might go away as I can't keep this site live forever .

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But I slapped together an on-line tiled version of your mosaic. Think of "zoomify" but the measure distance tool works geodesically. I think I cached beyond the image (hence the large black area on the right).
http://webgis2.wr.usgs.gov/MER_Meridianni/

Here is the cache for GE too (Does it even work for you ???):
http://webgis2.wr.usgs.gov/ArcGIS/rest/ser...ml/mapImage.kmz

most simple site (only zooming):
http://webgis2.wr.usgs.gov/ArcGIS/rest/ser...pServer?f=jsapi

Rest interface with some funky information listed:
http://webgis2.wr.usgs.gov/ArcGIS/rest/ser...ianni/MapServer


There's also an FTP site for downloading a JP2 version of the file: ftp://pdsimage2.wr.usgs.gov/pub/pigpen/ma...se/MER_mosaics/

And the associated readme text file: ftp://pdsimage2.wr.usgs.gov/pub/pigpen/ma...25cm_README.txt .

I've only given this a quick look, so I apologize if there are issues that I've missed. The map itself needs a couple of corrections that I'll get back to after I return from the Curiosity launch week after next. I've got it into our planning software here for localization and traverse planning. Most annoying (to me) are some residual shading differences that I need to work on some more. The worst of these got that way when Fred Calef and I decided not to include a pair of MOC images over a gap in the HiRISE coverage, as they weren't a significant improvement in resolution over the CTX background mosaic and didn't have the dynamic range - I'd adjusted the shading of the HiRISE image to match the MOC, so it is darker than the CTX background.

In addition to making these kinds of corrections, I plan to make revisions as more data is acquired and released by HiRISE and as time allows.

I hope some here find the file useful. Enjoy!

-Tim.
P.S. Sample screen grab of mosaic with Opportunity path from Eagle to Sol 2777:
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post Nov 17 2011, 11:11 PM
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QUOTE (tim53 @ Nov 17 2011, 11:08 PM) *
Image Information:
Lines: 224000
Samples: 160000


That's 35 Gigapixels: Cool smile.gif

Thanks especially for posting the full resolution version: much appreciated.



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post Mar 25 2012, 09:11 PM
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These really are fantastic pictures. I can see I'll be looking at this a lot when I start illustrating the Opportunity route later this year. I suggested to Tim that he re-map the whole area at Microscopic Imager resolution so we could zoom all the way from CTX to HiRISE to reprojected Navcam to Pancam and finally to MI. But he thought that might overtax even his computer. Poo! Time for an upgrade...

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post Aug 12 2012, 10:23 PM
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Some people already mentioned that the background maps at Curiosity's landing site were updated. Actually, there was an update not only to that part of the planet but a much more global one, incluing changes here at Opportunity's site too. You might remember that HiRISE coverage on GE was only available around the landing site and Victoria, and there was and effort here at UMSF to extend that coverage up to Endeavour (see Emily's blog). Later on, Ross Beyer of NASA/AMES mentioned about a working project and provided us access to newer and great background layers (see here). Now, it looks like those ones have been finally released and integrated on the "mainstream" Google Earth / Mars database.

Well, not only that. smile.gif

Zoom in at the Opportunity site, double-clicking on the "MER Opportunity Rover" layer, and you will see that the route path embedded on GE which was cut short right after Victoria has been updated too and covers the ground up to the last driving sol. Also, the "ground features" along the route were also updated and are the same ones I use in my route map.

Coincidence? No. Have a look to the bubble which opens after clicking on the link at the "MER Opportunity Rover (USA)" layer.

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Some time ago, I was asked permission to integrate my route map updates into Google Earth in a way that they could be viewed not only by the people here but also by *anyone* on Internet using GE. We agreed a mechanism to do that (a sort of pipeline) so if everything is working correctly (and it was until the last drive) the path "embedded" on GE should be updated too in a short time. I like it. biggrin.gif
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post Aug 12 2012, 10:36 PM
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Congratulations Tesheiner. Thanks for all your great work here, and now the whole globe can follow Opportunity's moves.


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post Aug 13 2012, 03:05 AM
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Awesome stuff! Thanks hugely for all your tireless efforts over the years. smile.gif wheel.gif
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post Aug 13 2012, 04:10 AM
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Excellent, Eduardo!
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That's fantastic Eduardo! After all these years of hard work following and recording Oppy's great trek you deserve recognition for your hard work.


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post Aug 13 2012, 07:37 AM
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Congratulations Eduard wheel.gif Tesheiner...


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post Aug 13 2012, 07:54 AM
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Well done Eduardo and thanks for all the work you've done.
Your updates of the MER routes have always been eagerly awaited buy me and other fans here at unmannedspaceflight and now the whole world of Mars fans can see your hard work. smile.gif
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A Gold medal for Eduardo !
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post Aug 13 2012, 12:35 PM
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That's simply GREAT Eduardo ! Congratulations smile.gif


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post Aug 13 2012, 07:26 PM
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Congratulations Eduardo! You deserve the recognition smile.gif

And the tech is pretty cool if updating here means an update to GE. Got to love it! laugh.gif


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post Aug 13 2012, 09:32 PM
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QUOTE (Zeke4ther @ Aug 13 2012, 09:26 PM) *
And the tech is pretty cool if updating here means an update to GE.

Not exactly like that. I have a single "database" from where I generate the KMLs posted here and the data feeded to GE, but both are independent paths.
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