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Ian Regan

Ian Regan

Ian Regan

Ian Regan hails from Plymouth, Great Britain. He has a long-time passion for astronomy, particularly for the Apollo Lunar Program and unmanned exploration of the outer planets. His biggest astronomical inspiration is the late British popularizer and TV presenter, Sir Patrick Moore. A contributor to the Apollo Lunar Surface Journal, he is also an image-processor for the forthcoming big-screen film "In Saturn's Rings."

Check out Ian's work at his Flickr and YouTube accounts:

https://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]/

https://www.youtube.com/user/planetaryprobes

Latest Blog Posts

Cassini’s Last Dance With Saturn: The Farewell Mosaic

October 10, 2017

Amateur image processor Ian Regan shares the story of processing Cassini's final images of the ringed planet.

Voyager 40th Anniversary: Watching an Alien World Turn

August 28, 2017

In 1979, both Voyager missions captured thousands of photos of Jupiter as frames of movies of the giant planet spinning among its moons. In honor of the mission's 40th launch anniversary, Ian Regan has reprocessed the data to produce stunning new movies.

Cassini's 'Grand Finale' Portrait of Saturn

May 16, 2017

Amateur image processor Ian Regan shares a stunning mosaic of Saturn in all its ringed glory.

Latest Processed Space Images

Epimetheus before Saturn

Not published yet

Wide-angle photograph of Epimetheus taken by the Cassini orbiter on December 6, 2015, through a clear filter. The image has been artificially colorized approximately as the human eye might see it.

Cassini's 'Last Dance': A final portrait at Saturn

October 10, 2017

In the early afternoon of September 13, 2017, the venerable and much-loved Cassini probe captured this final portrait of Saturn and its main ring system, before plummeting to fiery destruction in the planet's hazy atmosphere just 48 hours later.

Using its Wide-Angle Camera (part of the Imaging Science Subsystem), Cassini snapped 75 photos: these images can be grouped into a grid of 6 by 2. Each footprint in that grid was covered with both long and short exposures via the red, green, and blue filters, plus a longer exposure shuttered through the clear filter.

The veteran spacecraft took nearly two hours to collect these data: starting at 1:09 PM and concluding at 3:17 PM (all times are UTC). Only three moons—Enceladus, Janus and Mimas—can be picked out in the uncalibrated and compressed data.

Saturn and its rings

September 10, 2017

This global view of Saturn and its complete ring system was captured by Cassini on February 20, 2007, and is composed of 15 separate frames. It was assembled from the raw JPEG images by Ian Regan. The view is from the south, so the rings are fully lit by the Sun. It contains nearly all of Saturn's moons from Mimas inward. Clockwise from bottom center: Mimas, Epimetheus (near the left ansa), Pandora, Janus (near the top), and Prometheus (near the right ansa).

astronaut on Phobos
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