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Two epic photos of Earth -- but which one is truer?

Emily Lakdawalla • December 29, 2015 • 1

Two images of Earth taken from different spacecraft at the same time illustrate differences in "true" color imaging among spacecraft.

Colors in Planetary Imaging

Travis Rector • December 08, 2015 • 5

When looking at an image of, say, a galaxy, have you ever wondered to yourself, “Is this real?” Trevor Rector explains how astronomical images are processed.

Spectacular New Horizons photo of Pluto's hazes and mountains: How it was made

Emily Lakdawalla • September 17, 2015 • 11

Today, New Horizons released a stunning new image of Pluto's backlit mountains and hazes. I explain how the image was taken with its Ralph Multispectral Visible Imaging Camera.

A Workhorse at Mars

Tanya Harrison • September 11, 2015 • 2

The Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (MRO) Context Camera (CTX) is almost a silent star at Mars. The latest MRO data release brought the total number of available CTX images to over 70,000, covering well over 90% of the Red Planet at a stunning resolution of 6 meters per pixel.

New Horizons: Awaiting the data

Emily Lakdawalla • July 19, 2015 • 32

New Horizons' encounter and data downlinks have been going exactly as planned, but the raw image website has not been updated for many days. What's going on? I found out.

Rover eyes on rock layers on Mars

Emily Lakdawalla • May 19, 2015 • 2

Digging in to mission image archives yields similar images of layered Martian rocks from very different places.

New Horizons sees surface features on Pluto, begins raw image release

Emily Lakdawalla • April 29, 2015 • 11

Today the New Horizons team released a new animation of images taken on approach to Pluto. The animation clearly shows how Pluto wobbles around the Pluto-Charon barycenter. It also shows something more exciting to the scientists: variations in brightness across the surface of Pluto. They also began releasing raw images to the Internet.

Artist's Drive: A Sol 950 Colorized Postcard

Damia Bouic • April 14, 2015 • 1

Amateur image processor Damia Bouic shares the process behind creating stunning panoramas with Curiosity images.

Mapping Europa

Björn Jónsson • February 18, 2015 • 2

Several global maps have been made of Europa, but amateur image processor Björn Jónsson felt they could be improved—so he decided to make a new one.

HiRISE image coverage of the Curiosity field site on Mars, Version 2.0

Emily Lakdawalla • December 30, 2014 • 1

There have been tons and tons of HiRISE images of the Curiosity landing region, and it has taken quite a lot of work for me to find, locate, and catalogue them. This post is a summary of what I've found; after four revisions and updates, it's now version 2.0 of the list.

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