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My Ultima Thule snowman art

When the first clear images came in of Ultima Thule, wags quickly called it a “cosmic snowman,” with its two round bodies joined in the middle, looking like it was made with dirty snow. That struck a chord with me and I decided to create a digital cartoon along those lines.

Stereoscopic Image of Asteroid Ryugu

Hayabusa 2 images July 2018, Left & right images rendered as LRL (parallel, cross eye) 3-D image.

Moonlight

Lunar appreciation through a telescope and a phone.

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MY STORY Stories From Our Members

Remembering Opportunity – Stereo Views Newsletter March 2019 By Ron Kriesel

by Ronald Kriesel

March 21, 2019

As Opportunity Mission (anticipated as a 90-day mission) has just shut down after 11 years of exploring (2008-2019) and over 26 miles on the surface of Mars, I present several of the interesting Opportunity images. Images courtesy NASA/JPL/Cal Tech/Cornell U and other space agencies. Thousands of images. All camera setups on the Opportunity are stereo pairs so as to capture left/right images. Front Haz Mat Cameras, Rear Haz Mat Cameras, Navigation Cameras, Panoramic Cameras, and the science/micro imaging cameras. Take time to look and have some fun.

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1. Opportunity Rover- Space Agency artist conversion
2. Scenic Color Conversion ... more »

Wake-Up Call

by Aaron Llorens

March 20, 2019

Like so many Americans, I've wandered aimlessly through life until recently (28 years), trying to find a way to be content. After seeing the night sky at one of McDonald Observatory's Star Parties, a passion woke inside me when I saw the night sky with my own eyes for the first time with a mind able to comprehend it. There's no longer a search for how to be happy, but a search for more knowledge, and for my place in this community. I look forward to this adventure and cooperating with you all for a better tomorrow.

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The Great Adventure – The Legacy From Apollo 11

by stefano cavina

March 4, 2019

In 1969, mankind visited another world for the first time. It was an amazing moment for humanity; the millennial dream of reaching the moon had come true. Certainly the impetus behind the Apollo project was not only the conquest of new horizons but also a desire for national prestige. The Moon was the final goal of a space race between the United States and the Soviet Union, America won that race, but for the people Apollo 11 became the herald of a new phase of the space age that would have led man to overcome the boundaries of one's planet. ... more »

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