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Fun With a New Data Set: The OSIRIS-REx Earth Flyby

Emily Lakdawalla • February 28, 2019

The OSIRIS-REx team recently issued their first data release to the Planetary Data System. This release doesn’t include any closeup pictures of asteroid Bennu, but it does include all the pictures they took during their September 2017 Earth flyby.

Why are there no stars in most space images?

Emily Lakdawalla • January 28, 2019 • 5

Look up at space at night from a dark location and you can see innumerable stars. Why, then, do photos of so many things in space show black space, devoid of stars?

Moon Monday: Tethys from Voyager

Emily Lakdawalla • March 12, 2018 • 1

To start the week, Voyager 2's best image of Tethys.

Image processing trick: How to open PDS-formatted images in Photoshop

Emily Lakdawalla • March 07, 2018 • 1

Emily explains to amateur image processors how to open archival NASA science data directly in Photoshop without needing to use any other software tools.

#DPS2017: Progress report on Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter images of comet C/2013 A1 Siding Spring

Emily Lakdawalla • October 20, 2017 • 1

Three years ago, on October 19, 2014, comet C/2013 A1 Siding Spring passed within 138,000 kilometers of Mars. At the 2017 meeting of the Division for Planetary Sciences of the American Astronomical Society, we heard a progress report on Mars orbiter imaging of the comet's nucleus.

Cassini’s Last Dance With Saturn: The Farewell Mosaic

Ian Regan • October 10, 2017 • 1

Amateur image processor Ian Regan shares the story of processing Cassini's final images of the ringed planet.

Cassini's 'Grand Finale' Portrait of Saturn

Ian Regan • May 16, 2017

Amateur image processor Ian Regan shares a stunning mosaic of Saturn in all its ringed glory.

Did Voyager 1 capture an image of Enceladus' plumes erupting?

Ted Stryk • February 21, 2017 • 4

Amateur image processor Ted Stryk revisited Voyager 1 data of Enceladus and came across a surprise.

Fun with a new image data set: Mars Orbiter Mission's Mars Colour Camera

Emily Lakdawalla • October 06, 2016 • 11

It's always a delight to sink my teeth into a new data set, and I have spent this week playing with one I've been anticipating for a long time: ISRO's Mars Orbiter's Mars Colour Camera, or MCC. MCC is unique among current Mars cameras in its ability to get color, print-quality, wide-angle, regional views of Mars.

Where to find rapidly released space image data

Emily Lakdawalla • September 21, 2016 • 1

Interested in playing with recent space image data? Here's a list of places to get the freshest photos from space.

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