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Space Image Processing Tutorials

A short series of classes by Emily Lakdawalla on how to process space images, conducted in 2009 and 2010. The classes require you to install either GIMP (free, open-source image manipulation software) or Photoshop. GIMP is used for most in-class demonstrations, but the two software packages are very similar. The classes were originally conducted via WebEx, so you may need to download the WebEx player in order to view them.

I. Images Are Data (November 16, 2009)

WebEx recording (56 minutes): Download (56 MB)
Image files for working through examples: ZIP (59 kb) 
PowerPoint presentation: ZIP (3.2 MB) You do not need to download this to view the WebEx recording -- I provide it for completeness' sake.

II. Getting Started with MER and Cassini Raw Images (November 19, 2009)

WebEx recording (139 minutes, of which ~15 is Q and A following class): Download (158 MB)
Image files for working through examples: ZIP (22 MB) You do not need to download this to follow the class -- they are provided to allow you to work through the examples on your own. 
PowerPoint presentation: ZIP (12.3 MB) You do not need to download this to view the WebEx recording -- I provide it for completeness' sake.

Case A. Working with Mars Express VMC Images (November 19, 2009)

WebEx recording (34 minutes): Download (158 MB)
Example image file: See below
The VMC website with many more images is here
PowerPoint presentation: PPT (2.3 MB) You do not need to download this to view the WebEx recording -- I provide it for completness' sake. 
Processing VMC images is also discussed on this thread at unmannedspaceflight.com. Version 3 of Gordan Ugarkovic's vmc2rgb software is available in this post.

Morning fog in Tharsis

ESA / processed by Emily Lakdawalla

Morning fog in Tharsis
Photos of Mars taken by Mars Express' VMC on May 23, 2010, shortly after Mars' northern summer solstice, show a foggy morning among the Tharsis montes of Mars, whose peaks rise above the cloud. (Arsia mons, at lower left, has fog within its summit caldera.)

III. First Voyage into the PDS (March 30, 2010)

WebEx recording (62 minutes): Download (88 MB)
Links for working through examples:

PowerPoint presentation: PPT (281 kb) You do not need to download this to view the WebEx recording -- I provide it for completeness' sake.

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If you have experience with processing space image data and would like to contribute a tutorial, please contact us.

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