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 'Video/Movie' Category

Around Saturn

Wednesday, July 31st, 2013

Around Saturn from fabio di donato on Vimeo.

Around Saturn from Fabio Di Donato on Vimeo.

In Saturn’s Rings Official Trailer

Tuesday, July 2nd, 2013


The long awaited official trailer for “In Saturn’s Rings” has been unleashed. Looking forward to this film for over three years now.

Film: Europa Report

Tuesday, July 2nd, 2013


How did I miss this? Europa Report is based upon a future manned mission to Jupiter’s moon Europa. It was developed with mission specialists from NASA — so the details and events depicted are presented in more sciFiFact than in the traditional Hollywood SciFi. Sounds pretty incredible for lovers of real space exploration.

Outer Space Art Film Uses Only Raw Images

Thursday, May 9th, 2013

Outer Space from Sander van den Berg on Vimeo.

The Greatest Time Lapse Video of Earth Ever

Wednesday, November 16th, 2011

Earth | Time Lapse View from Space, Fly Over | NASA, ISS from Michael König on Vimeo.

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.

So Carl Sagan Says He Cannot Sing

Friday, June 24th, 2011

There is not really anything for me to add except… this is actually pretty excellent and listenable.

The Cassini Mission in Stark B&W

Wednesday, June 8th, 2011

CASSINI MISSION from Chris Abbas on Vimeo.

Gorgeous idea — taking the raw images from the Cassini mission and making a long flip-book style movie. Leaving in the flaws and noise of raw images happens to add a nice stylistic touch to the overall feeling of the film. The nature of multiple images taken by the spacecraft often with large and small gaps in time coincidentally makes some engaging jumpy into smooth segments.

Sun Goes Boom (Not Really, No Sound in Space)

Wednesday, June 8th, 2011

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.

Schenk’s House of 3-D Moons!

Tuesday, August 17th, 2010

Paul Schenk has been taking new and old data from missions to the various moons of Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus and Neptune and building 3-D models of what it might be like to fly through some of their more fascinating features. These are renders built from actual images, so often you might see areas of lower resolution due to a lack of better mission data. The one posted above of Hi’iaka Montes on Io is one of the best on his youTube page as the data available from the region is mostly in high resolution with few gaps.

Saturn Still Images Come to Life

Wednesday, June 16th, 2010

If you haven’t followed the work of Stephen v2 and his film “Outside In”, you might want to take a look at what he has in store for us. Using only still images from the Cassini mission, Stephen is making a very impressive tour of the Saturn system without using any CGI, 3D models or textures. While those techniques make great Hollywood films they often fall short of making something that is actually a real place… look real. See below for a very brief clip of how this all ends up looking with a much better and longer clip coming in the near future.

from New “Outside In” clip teaser from stephen v2 on Vimeo.

Rounding the Pole of Iapetus

Sunday, April 25th, 2010

Animation of Cassini rounding the pole of Iapetus. Images by Gordan Ugarkovic.

What it might have looked like to be riding Cassini as it rounded the pole of Iapetus from the last encounter. The animation was compiled using images composed by Gordan Ugarkovic.

A Saturnian Aurora Captured

Tuesday, October 13th, 2009

Astro0 (a contributor to unmannedspaceflight.com) had been looking through a 159 frame set of images that showed a tiny portion of Saturn’s sunlit limb. He animated it just to see the effect and happened upon a pretty nice animation of a Saturnian aurora (click here for the animation). Which is likely the first time we are seeing an aurora on another world so clearly animated.

To be clear… the spots that stand still in the animation are artifacts of the images. The streaks are stars seemingly flying by due to Cassini’s cameras being trained on one spot as it and Saturn itself are moving through space. Astro0’s blog can be found here and I suspect will soon feature a post with more details on the animation in the very near future.

Rhea Flyby Animation

Monday, August 17th, 2009

Another Gordan Ugarkovic. It never ends!