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 the 'Historic Missions' Category

Triton In Super High-Resolution

Friday, August 22nd, 2014

Amazing new looks at some pretty old data (Voyager at Neptune in 1989). Thanks to Machi at Unmanned Spaceflight.

Surface of Venus Revealed Again

Tuesday, August 12th, 2014

One of the best images to ever grace this blog has to be Don P. Mitchell’s re-renderings of Venera 13 and 14. A miraculous re-rendering of Soviet-era data to create a whole new “human eyes” look at the surface of Venus (I also took the liberty of (artistically) colorizing those images as well). Now Ted Stryk — no stranger to these pages — has taken a shot at Venera 9 and 10 as well. The results are not as amazing as Don’s earlier work but that is simply due the missions having a more limited set of data. I must add that it is pleasing to see Ted’s (a scientist) colorizing is similar to our own (not a scientist).

See the whole story of how Ted’s images were made here.

Rolf Olsen Photo Renders Neptune

Monday, June 2nd, 2014

The above is an interesting project to image the full Neptune system based on actual data returned by Voyager. According to the article published along with the imageRolf Wahl Olsen composed this scene from actual images from the departing Voyager probe. The rings (which were never photographed in their entirety) are based on over-exposed images and then density mapped to a model which was applied to the scene. Even the stars are based on one of the over exposed images of the rings which revealed what the probe would have seen and that field data was inserted from and image generated by Google Sky.

Bjorn Jonsson’s Massive Voyager Composite

Sunday, July 21st, 2013

Jupiter, Io and Europa

Stunning hi-res composite of Io and Europa transiting the mighty disc of Jupiter. Three of the most fascinating bodies in the solar system in one highly detailed image. You MUST click on the full resolution to see the details that are even apparent on the moons.

Created by Bjorn Jonsson.

Planetfall

Tuesday, June 18th, 2013

Having followed the activities of a small army of freelance space imagers that lurk in various places on the internet for about 10 years now — it is truly unusual for me to come across images that I know I have not seen before. Michael Benson’s exhibit titled, “Planetfall” at the American Association for the Advancement of Science offers offer fresh views from missions as old as Viking and as new as Cassini. What originally caught my attention was an image of an actively spewing Enceladus that is exposed in both Sun and Saturn shine — a view I have surely seen before, but never so detailed or dramatic. Even more surprising and rare is a new global composite view of Uranus with a complete and continuous ring taken by Voyager almost 30 years ago.

The show ends soon (June 28, 2013) and is located in Washington DC.

A Timeline of Space Imaging

Monday, April 22nd, 2013

Simple but very cool. Take a look at the full timeline by Planetary Collective.

Beyond Earth Letterpress Print

Saturday, February 25th, 2012

Chop Shop’s best selling Beyond Earth t-shirt is now available as a archival quality letterpress print. 23 historic missions of various nations orbit beyond Earth to explore our solar system. The missions are loosely arranged according to their most notable destinations. Printed on 19″ x 25″ French, Speckltone 80lb.

Deep Impact Animation with Deep Impact

Friday, September 30th, 2011

I just found this on Gordan Ugarkovic’s Flickr page. I just sped up the frame rate.

Some Details from Above Earth

Thursday, April 14th, 2011

These are some of the best icons from chopshopstore’s new tshirt, “Above Earth”.

The International Space Station

Laika aboard Sputnik 2

Hubble Space Telescope

Alan Shepard aboard Freedom (Mercury) 7

See also Yuri Gagarin aboard Vostock 1 here.

Above Earth Tshirt Celebrates 50 Years of Manned Spaceflight

Tuesday, April 12th, 2011

In honor of the 50th anniversary of Yuri Gagarin’s historic first manned mission into the great beyond… Chop Shop’s newest iconic tshirt was released today featuring 23 historic missions of mankind’s exploration of Earth and space. Missions starting with Sputnik — leading to Yuri Gagarin’s first manned mission expanding to today’s permanently manned International Space Station.

The design itself also includes unmanned missions like Sputnik, Hubble as well as missions inhabited by species other than human. A spiraling timeline weaves the missions together and is numbered with significant years of progress. Pre-Order it for Men on American Apparel’s Black, Navy or on Alstyle Black and for Women on American Apparel Black. Look for a children’s version in a few weeks as well.

50 Years of Manned Spaceflight

Wednesday, March 30th, 2011

April 12 will be the 50th anniversary of manned spaceflight - beginning when Yuri Gagarin climbed aboard Vostok 1 and made 1 orbit of Earth.

Voyager 1 Approach Video by Bjorn Jonsson

Tuesday, November 16th, 2010

Voyager 1 Approach Video by Bjorn Jonsson from Chopping Block on Vimeo.

“This movie is different from similar Voyager movies because I’m keeping Jupiter’s size constant. This is accomplished by reprojecting the source images to simple cylindrical projection and then rendering everything using the same viewing geometry. I also sharpened the images a bit to better reveal various details.” — Bjorn Jonsson

The time lapse estimation is about 10 Earth hours per second. Special thanks to unmannedspaceflight.com for all the awesome.

The Great Red Spot

Friday, November 5th, 2010

This is a reprocessed image of Jupiter’s Great Red Spot from the 1979 Voyager 1 encounter with the planet. Old data like this is being crunched by people like Bjorn Jonsson to create new and better detailed images that were not possible when the data sets were originally acquired. For comparison, just take a look at the “official” NASA release of the same image data from back in ‘79. I do need to begrudgingly note that the contrast and sharpness have been artificially exaggerated in this newer image for appearance.

New Iconic Celebrates 23 Deep Space Missions & The Planetary Society

Thursday, September 16th, 2010

Robotic and human missions of exploration that extended beyond the Earth’s orbit. 23 historic missions in total (with an additional 6 separations) that are recognized for their notable achievements to various celestial bodies in our solar system with targets including the Sun, planets and their moons, comets and asteroids. Nearly every icon represents a specific robotic explorer (or series) with the exception of the Apollo program which continues to be the single human endeavor to ever go beyond the cradle.

If you buy a copy we will donate $5 of every purchase to The Planetary Society. The world’s largest space-interest group dedicated to inspiring the public with the adventure and mystery of space exploration. A non-governmental organization founded in 1980, who among its founders included Carl Sagan, the author of Cosmos.

If you buy a copywith a membership (sorry, US residents only), we will register you as a new member for only an additional $25 (normally $37). See here for what you get as a new member.

Vintage-Styled Soviet Space Posters

Thursday, August 19th, 2010

Contained within Justinvg’s excellent poster set on flickr are these gorgeous posters celebrating early Soviet triumphs in space. There are 5 total; Sputnik, Sputnik 2, The Luna Program, Vostock and Voskhod. But if you are a fan of Star Wars — don’t miss his fictional travel poster series (which are also included in the same set as these Soviet ones).