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Making Pictures based on NASA Imagery

Andrew Rush • June 08, 2012

When amateurs process NASA images, can they hold copyright over them? Yes, sometimes. Andrew Rush of IPinspace.com explains the law.

Pretty pictures from Cassini's recent Dione flyby

Emily Lakdawalla • May 04, 2012

Cassini performed its last of three close encounters with Enceladus for 2012 two days ago, and followed the flyby with some spectacular images of Dione.

How Science Informs Art

Jodie Utter • April 27, 2012 • 1

A paper conservator at an art museum explains how scientific analysis of artworks using different parts of the electromagnetic spectrum is informing understanding of how the artists worked, and how the appearance of their pantings has changed with time.

Snapshots From Space Video: Revealing Jupiter's (Mostly) Unseen Treasures

Mat Kaplan • March 18, 2012 • 2

Tens of thousands of Jupiter images were taken by the Voyager spacecraft, but relatively few have been processed to reveal their true beauty and wonder. The latest Snapshots video from Emily Lakdawalla explains why.

Comparing Chang'e 2 and Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter maps of the Moon

Phil Stooke • February 13, 2012 • 2

How does the LRO lunar map compare with the new Chinese product from Chang'e 2?

How Spacecraft Make Color Pictures

Mat Kaplan • January 02, 2012

Whether you heard the show or not, you'll be fascinated by Emily's great presentation. It also proves she is not part of the great conspiracy that is hiding evidence of alien bases on the moons of Saturn!

A little fun with Deep Impact deep-sky data

Emily Lakdawalla • November 14, 2011

Last week, the team put all of the data from Deep Impact's deep-sky imaging session online, and challenged visitors to see what they could make from it. I made some photos of M51, but there were some challenges.

What do Dawn's color ratio images of Vesta mean?

Emily Lakdawalla • November 01, 2011

The Dawn mission to Vesta continues to release an image every day, and recently they have been releasing lots of color images. I like color pictures for aesthetic reasons, but color is actually a very important property of planetary surfaces.

The Making of Martian Clouds in Motion: Part 2, tweening the animation

Emily Lakdawalla • August 28, 2011

Two weeks ago I posted an awesome video of Martian clouds in motion. Last week I explained how I accessed the Mars Express images that comprise the animation. Today I'm going to explain how I turned the five-frame animation of Mars Express images into a smooth movie.

The Making of Martian Clouds in Motion: Part 1, working with Mars Express HRSC data

Emily Lakdawalla • August 22, 2011

Last Friday I posted an awesome video of Martian clouds in motion. This week I'll tell you how I made it. The how-to is split up into two parts. The first, today, is how to access Mars Express HRSC image data and process it into the individual animation frames, from which you can make an animated GIF.

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