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Olivier de Goursac

Olivier de Goursac

Olivier de Goursac

Olivier de Goursac became a real "Martian" in the early '80s after having served at JPL as a trainee at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory (the NASA space center in charge of planetary missions) in the Viking Mission team. In 1991, the discoverers of the Titanic asked him to use his imaging experience to map with great precision the Titanic wreck site from all videos taken 4000 meters deep. His precise model is still on show at the French National Sea Museum at Boulogne-sur-Mer.

Between 1993 and 1998, Olivier was JPL's Mars Outreach Correspondant in France for the Mars Pathfinder mission. He organized all media and public events in France for the promotion of the Pathfinder landing on Mars and its results. Since 1999, he is the Outreach Manager in France for Mars exploration automatic missions for the French chapter of the US Mars Society.

From 2004 to 2007, he produced a lot of hi-res panoramic pictures from the Apollo Moon missions that were shown by US astronauts for the promotion of the US Constellation program. He is a Charter Member of the Planetary Society. He has co-organized in France public events showing the landings, images and results of the Spirit, Opportunity & Curiosity Mars rovers. He is widowed and father of 5 children.

Latest Processed Space Images

Curiosity in the sands near Sourdough, sol 673

April 06, 2017

This mosaic is part of a left Mastcam panorama taken on sol 673 (June 28, 2014). The arm is being used to investigate a target named "Sourdough," which is sand in which Curiosity's wheels slipped, halting the sol 672 drive.

Venera 13's landing site

August 23, 2015

A processed and colorized panorama from the Venera 13 lander, the third spacecraft to return images from the surface of Venus, on March 3, 1982. Data gaps were filled in by hand. Four Venera landers remain the only spacecraft to have returned photos from beneath Venus' obscuring cloud deck, two each in 1978 and 1982.

Dust storm at the Viking 1 lander site, 1977

December 31, 2013

A comparison of two Viking 1 color images taken on sols 282 and 324 shows how a Martian dust storm severely limited the amount of sunlight reaching the ground. "Tau," a measure of the sky's opacity, was very high, between 5 and 6.

astronaut on Phobos
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