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post Aug 28 2005, 08:59 PM
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Hmmm...I wonder if they have done any ridiculously high resolution IMAX movies using full resolution shots of these rotations...


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post Aug 28 2005, 10:17 PM
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If and when the Messenger data is on the PDS - I'll work it into a WMVHD movie if appropriate. I've been playing with MER imagery at 720p25 format, and it looks fab smile.gif


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post Aug 29 2005, 01:42 AM
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The MESSENGER team has posted a quite amazing "movie" composed of 358 images they took during their craft's recent flyby showing the spinning Earth during one complete rotation disappearing into the void.

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post Aug 31 2005, 10:00 PM
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That movie is one of the most spectacular things I've ever witness...I love the sun's reflection off the ocean and land masses.

To loosely quote "Pale Blue Dot"..."Everyone who has ever lived or died, been written about...was right there" One fragile planet spinning in dark emptiness.

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post Aug 31 2005, 10:02 PM
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It is; it's a lovely piece of work.
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post Sep 1 2005, 07:10 AM
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That little movie captures the reality of what science fiction films have been speculatively presenting for more than a half a century.

Seeing the real thing at last, in such high definition realism, is immensely moving for me.

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post Sep 1 2005, 07:24 AM
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Correct me if I'm wrong - but Messenger's imager is a 1024 x 1024 instrument isnt it? - I wonder/hope if they captured that data at full res, or downsampled it to 512 x 512. If they DID do it full res, I promise - hand on heart - to make a full resolution version when the data is released.

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post Sep 11 2005, 12:36 PM
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I was looking at the chart below. I noticed that beginning in October of next year, this mission should start getting interesting. Given the quality of the earth imagery, I am really excited about what we might see. I also wonder what if any science will be done at Venus.



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post Sep 11 2005, 02:27 PM
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Quite a bit -- they even intend to use the laser altimeter to measure Venusian cloud top altitudes.
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post Sep 11 2005, 05:43 PM
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QUOTE (BruceMoomaw @ Sep 11 2005, 02:27 PM)
Quite a bit -- they even intend to use the laser altimeter to measure Venusian cloud top altitudes.
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Thanks Bruce. My anticipation is building. Do you have any other information about Venus plans? I haven't seen much on how the Messenger instrument suit would be used.


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post Sep 11 2005, 10:59 PM
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Several years ago, Sean Solomon told me a fair amount about it -- but I'm not sure whether that's among the hundreds of stored E-mails that I later lost in an Outlook Express breakdown. I'll check when I get the chance. Suffice it to say that they plan to use virtually every Messenger instrument that CAN be used at Venus.
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post Sep 12 2005, 02:37 PM
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QUOTE (BruceMoomaw @ Sep 11 2005, 06:59 PM)
Suffice it to say that they plan to use virtually every Messenger instrument that CAN be used at Venus.
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Does that mean that we'll finally get some true (enough) color images of Venus? (really excited emoticon goes here!)
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post Sep 12 2005, 06:21 PM
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QUOTE (um3k @ Sep 12 2005, 07:37 AM)
Does that mean that we'll finally get some true (enough) color images of Venus? (really excited emoticon goes here!)
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It's easy to get a true color picture of Venus -- take it from Earth! Getting that with excellent resolution and the fuller phases is another matter, but the true color of Venus isn't exactly an outstanding mystery. Note that the ability to align color channels in digital processing helps enormously with the chromatic edge effects that haunted film photography.

http://www.celestron-nexstar.de/referenzen..._gudensberg.jpg

http://users3.ev1.net/~glennlray/Astro/Venus-20010203c.jpg

http://dvaa.org/Photos/TomBash/VenusPhasesC11.jpg

http://www.kk-system.co.jp/Alpo/kk04/v040511a.jpg
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post Sep 12 2005, 06:51 PM
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I know you can get them from Earth, I meant pictures taken by a spacecraft. tongue.gif
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post Sep 13 2005, 03:16 PM
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QUOTE (um3k @ Sep 12 2005, 11:51 AM)
I know you can get them from Earth, I meant pictures taken by a spacecraft. tongue.gif
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You can cover a box in foil and put a radio dish on it, place an amateur astronomer and a Celestron inside, and call it a spacecraft flying within 0.25 AU of Venus.
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