QUOTE (4th rock from the sun @ Mar 8 2011, 02:23 AM)
Interesting project and nice poster! Looking forward for the results.
I've tried to build a Pioneer 10 / 11 gallery with corrected images based on what I could find the web (http://www.astrosurf.com/nunes/explor/explor_pioneer.htm
One thing that would simplify things would be a list of all avaliable images with associated data, namely the start/end times.
That would allow for some geometry and rotation correction, unless all the images were scanned over the same amount of time. I got some tentative global mosaics out of the datasets, but they are mostly a best fit and not a correct reconstruction.
There's some info here http://history.nasa.gov/SP-349/app2.htm
but not enough to know if for example all the images were indeed usable or received.
Yes, I am familiar with your work, and those mosaics are impressive. Still, if we had the digital data and and image times, the scans could be properly mapped on to the Jovian globe, which, using interpolation, could theoretically lead to a proper movie. I think I might be able to make one from the Pioneer 11 receding images. The problem is that images that are relatively close are impacted by planetary rotation during the scans. The more distant images took less time and are thus less affected. They are, however, lower resolution than can be achieved with a telescope. However, the uniqueness of looking down on the Jovian north pole makes up for that. The problem is finding a way to consistently process scans from various sources.