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Daniel Macháček

Daniel Macháček

Daniel Macháček (Czech Republic) blogs at My Favourite Universe (in Czech) and posts some of his images and movies on this website and on Youtube. He participates at unmannedspaceflight.com under the username machi.

Latest Blog Posts

The Two Faces of Phoebe

February 13, 2014

Cassini flew past Phoebe on June 11, 2004, on its way to entering Saturn orbit. The flyby was almost perfect but overexposure of some images have prevented color mosaics from being produced. Even though Phoebe's body is gray and dull in color, the absence of color images always provoked me. By using VIMS data, I have now produced color mosaics.

Images from the long-awaited Dawn Vesta data set

November 29, 2012

A few days ago, the Dawn mission finally published their archival data. During the year of delay I often looked with anticipation to the Planetary Data System to check whether or not images were there, and I am delighted that they are finally available. Was the wait worth it? Definitely!

Latest Processed Space Images

Eros in color

February 19, 2016

NEAR took the images for this photo of the asteroid Eros on February 25, 2000. Eros has a highly irregular shape 34.4 by 11.2 kilometers in diameter. The image is a mosaic of four photos taken in infrared wavelengths, with color provided by lower-resolution frames captured through red, green, and blue filters.

Tempel 1

February 13, 2016

This highly processed image is composed of numerous frames captured by both components of the Deep Impact spacecraft shortly before the impactor spacecraft crashed into the nucleus of comet Tempel 1 on July 4, 2005. The color comes from three frames captured through red, green, and blue filters on the flyby craft's High-Resolution Imager, which suffered from blurred vision. The detail comes from numerous images of the nucleus captured by the Impact Targeting Sensor. Since the two cameras had slightly different points of view, the color image has been warped to line up with the more detailed impactor image.

High-resolution Galileo mosaic of Europa

January 24, 2016

This is one of the highest resolution mosaics of Europa from Galileo, with resolution of ~10 m/pix horizontal. The mosaic was acquired on December 16, 1997. The images have been artificially colorized by taking the average color of the region covered by the images (8.55°S, 215°W) .

astronaut on Phobos
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