Amateur Space Image Processors
Andrew Bodrov, from Estonia, is a member of the International Virtual Reality Photography Association (IVRPA), and has been professionally engaged in panoramic photography for over 13 years. He has shot panoramas for the 3D Tallinn Project (Estonia), Tallinn Song Festival (Estonia), Cathedral of Christ the Savior in Moscow (Russia), Baikonur Cosmodrome (Russia) as well as hundreds of other panoramas from around the world.
Michael Howard (USA) is the creator of the Midnight Mars Browser software that permits auto-download and auto-mosaicking of Mars Exploration Rover images. The software is no longer supported but will remain a valuable tool until something breaks it. Howard also wrote the iPhone apps Mars Globe and Moon Globe. (UMSF Moderator: mhoward)
Björn Jónsson (Iceland) is the developer of the IMG2PNG software, which batch-converts spacecraft image data to PNG format. His website contains simulated views of other planets produced using image maps generated from space image data; most of his image processing work is posted only within the forum.
Val Klavans has a Bachelor of Science degree in astronomy from the University of Maryland and interned at NASA Goddard with the Cassini mission. She is currently working with the upcoming film "In Saturn's Rings" and is doing volunteer public outreach focusing on Titan and the latest from the Cassini mission.
Senior Editor and Planetary Evangelist
Emily Lakdawalla, Planetary Society blogger, podcaster, webcaster, Twitterer, et cetera. A true science cheerleader and total space geek, Emily is considered one of the most influential and passionate space bloggers around. Emily is a planetary geologist with a unique way of blending science facts and space news with a sense of whimsy, and, yes, lots of pretty pictures!
Volunteer Planetary Scientist
Mike Malaska has a Ph.D. in organic chemistry and explores the interface of chemistry, planetary geology, and astrobiology. His current research involves the geology and chemistry of Saturn’s giant moon Titan. He is also involved in planetary science education and public outreach.
My background as a 3D technical director and my love for image processing come to great use in the processing of space images. I have always been fascinated by space exploration. It is almost the only chance to explore and see something truly new. More than once I have startled myself when realizing that I was the first person ever to see the vista that I just assembled on my screen. A world never before witnessed reaching out trough time and space and LCD glass. I hope that sharing my images can recapture a little of that feeling.
Kevin McAbee is a software and web developer for the SAS Institute, in Cary, North Carolina. He spends his free time studying astronomy, brewing beer, and enjoying the great outdoors via rock climbing, backpacking, and amateur photography. In the fall of 2012, he joined the In Saturn's Rings IMAX film project as an image processor and programmer.
Jason Perry works with the Cassini Imaging Team at the University of Arizona in Tucson, designing observations of Saturn's moon Titan and processing the returned images. Prior to joining Cassini in 2004, Jason worked with the Galileo Imaging Team, processing images of Jupiter's moon Io.
Ed Truthan is the owner/operator of North Coast Graphics and Web Design in Garberville, California. A devoted space exploration, flight simulation, and American southwest pre-history enthusiast, he works from his home studio in Humboldt County, in the heart of northern California’s redwood empire.
Alson Wong has been a pediatrician with the Southern California Permanente Medical Group since 1993. He is an amateur astronomer and solar eclipse enthusiast and a member of the Riverside Astronomical Society and the Society for Astronomical Sciences, as well as a charter member of the Planetary Society
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