You need to upgrade your Flash Player The theme of this blog is not only and obviously space, but in particular “terrestrial worlds”, places that tend to have surfaces on which one could walk or at least attach oneself to. These places sometimes also have other earth-like familiar features such as atmospheres, weather, volcanos, geysers and perhaps, we are finding, even exotic oceans, rivers or lakes that are not necessarily made of familiar materials we are used to here at home. The second theme is imagery. Occasionally I do some retouching of images when needed if an image is incomplete or sometimes “dirty” or noisy. I will attempt to correct image shortcomings based upon other images or well-accepted presumed attributes. When this is done, notes will be offered as to what was added, why and sometimes how it was done. This way no one should ever wonder if something they are looking at is real or photoshop.

Archive for October, 2008

Rhea Under Rings

Thursday, October 30th, 2008


Dramatic Saturn

Thursday, October 23rd, 2008

Saturn by Gordan Ugarkovic

Another by Gordan Ugarkovic. Will post a wallpaper version later. Too gorgeous.

Roving Mars

Friday, October 17th, 2008

Roving Mars IMAX Movie

How do I not see these things? This was from back in 2006. I don’t recall ever hearing of this. It is an IMAX on the two Mars rover missions Spirit and Opportunity. Coincidentally, Paul Newman who passed recently apparently had something to do with it as well. I assume narration.

Saturn Followed by a Moonshadow

Friday, October 17th, 2008

Saturn and Moonshadow by Gordan U

Another Gordan Ugarkovic beauty.

Enceladus From Oct 10 Encounter

Sunday, October 12th, 2008

Enceladus Oct 10 2008

Images should have been out by now, so far only a small hand-ful. As mentioned previously, this was not going to be a image rich encounter.

Update: IMAX in a Basement

Friday, October 10th, 2008


Its been a while since I have updated the progress on IMAX in a Basement, which features imagery from the Cassini mission. See youTube for a nice “Problems Solved” video that includes a sweet sweep across what looks like Enceladus toward Saturn.

Messenger Mercury Part 1 and 2

Wednesday, October 8th, 2008

Messenger Mercury Parts 1 and 2

Image by Gordan Ugarkovic. The top RGB (red/green/blue) pair is from the first flyby in January while the lower is from the second flyby from this week. The color in the latter is artistic based upon the color information provided in January’s encounter.

Time for an update to the Mercury Portrait wallpaper me thinks.

Another Enceladus Pass: To Come Within 25km!

Wednesday, October 8th, 2008

Cassini at Enceladus

Tomorrow’s Cassini buzz of Enceladus is closer than ever not only at Enceladus, but at any other body in the Saturnian system. It is to come only 25km from the surface. It is to fly deep into the plumes, but this visit is more about smell than vision. Imagery is not expected to be as impressive as August’s pass despite the close proximity due to the spacecraft‘s instruments concentrating on particles and dust analysis and not pretty pictures.

Mercury As You Have Never Seen It

Tuesday, October 7th, 2008

Mercury on Messenger’s 2nd Flyby

most of the terrain east of Kuiper, toward the limb (edge) of the planet, the departing images are the first spacecraft views of that portion of Mercury’s surface. A striking characteristic of this newly imaged area is the large pattern of rays that extend from the northern region of Mercury to regions south of Kuiper.”

From the Official Messenger site.

MAD Infrared Jupiter Image

Saturday, October 4th, 2008

Jupiter in infrared light

“Jupiter in infrared light, taken on the night of 17 August 2008 with the Multi-Conjugate Adaptive Optics Demonstrator (MAD) prototype instrument mounted on ESO’s Very Large Telescope. This false colour photo is the combination of a series of images taken over a time span of about 20 minutes, through three different filters (2, 2.14, and 2.16 microns).”

See Centauri Dreams for more.

Enceladus New View

Saturday, October 4th, 2008

Enceladus View from the South

This is a somewhat new view of Enceladus. Most global images we have seen show both the ridges and the cratered areas, whereas this image features almost exclusively the wrinkled terrain. Few craters are visible in this area which suggests that the details of its surface are quite young.