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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:

Latest Blog Posts

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.

Serene Saturn (or the “Glutton for Punishment” mosaic)

November 08, 2016

A week ago Saturday I decided -- against my better judgment -- to tackle this monster of a mosaic. I call it the "Glutton for Punishment" mosaic.

Saturn in Widescreen: The Voyager 2 Approach Movie

July 07, 2015

Ian Regan shares his mesmerizing animated sequence of Voyager 2's approach to Saturn—and explains the process behind its creation.

Latest Processed Space Images

Cassini's 'Grand Finale' Saturn portrait (April 13, 2017)

May 16, 2017

In the early hours of April 13, 2017, Cassini captured this breathtaking and unique visage of the Saturnian system as it coasted through space in the shadow of the gas giant.

Using its Wide-Angle Camera (part of the Imaging Science Subsystem), Cassini snapped 96 individual digital photos: these images consisted of Red, Green, and Blue-filtered frames, covering a total of 32 ‘footprints’. These 32 color frames were painstakingly combined to produce the final mosaic.

Cassini took nearly four hours to collect these data. In that time, the spacecraft was slowly cruising away from the planet, en route to apoapse (the point farthest from Saturn in any given orbit) of Revolution 269. The distance to the planet increased by 82,000 km in that time, and in the end, the distance to the cloud-tops equaled 650,040 km.

Pan in the Enke gap

March 09, 2017

This view looking down at the northern hemisphere of Saturn's moon Pan, orbiting within the Enke Gap of Saturn's rings, was taken on March 7, 2017 from a distance of about 25000 kilometers.

Pan's northern hemisphere imaged by Cassini

March 09, 2017

Cassini captured this view of the northern hemisphere of Saturn's moon Pan, which orbits within the Enke gap of the planet's rings, on March 7, 2017 from a distance of about 25,000 kilometers.

astronaut on Phobos
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