by Timothy ReedThe HiRISE website is one of my regular stops when I need my fix of planetary images. And if you like to surround yourself with samples of the latest releases of images from Mars, the HiRISE Team has made available a series of "HiFlyers"--11x17 color PDF posters that you can print. These little snippets of the landforms of an alien world are beautiful just by themselves as abstract art, but are interwoven--for me, at least--with the pride of accomplishment and the excitement of scientific discovery and exploration.
Images like this remind us what we can do.
Timothy Reed is an optical engineer living in Boulder, Colorado. He worked for 20 years developing spaceflight imaging systems and was a major contributor to HiRISE, JWST, NICMOS, QuickBird, Space Shuttle microgravity payloads, and the Pancam mast on the Spirit and Opportunity rovers. He is currently working in the field of holographic optical data storage, and pursuing graduate studies in atmospheric science at the University of Colorado. Timothy has acted in classical theatre for several decades, won medals in luge competitions, and been the voice of a cartoon character.