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Re: Pluto Safari App

Post by DRatledge » Sun Jun 21, 2015 6:35 pm

Two days for the price of one. NASA uploaded 2 day worth of images. Todays images had a twist on them so perhaps the spacecraft has been rotated a touch?
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Re: Pluto Safari App

Post by DRatledge » Sun Jun 21, 2015 6:50 pm

Stack of the properly exposed images. There is definitely detail on Charon now. It also looks like Pluto has a dark side on the right?
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Re: Pluto Safari App

Post by DRatledge » Mon Jun 22, 2015 10:32 am

First colour image of Pluto and Charon. I used the LORRI images for luminance and the MVIC colour camera images for the RGB. The MVIC camera is low res (presumably short focal length) so the images from that camera are pretty crude at the moment but it does give an overall shade.
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Re: Pluto Safari App

Post by DRatledge » Thu Jun 25, 2015 8:34 pm

Latest images from today. Pluto starting to show much more detail.
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Re: Pluto Safari App

Post by DRatledge » Sun Jun 28, 2015 9:39 am

Only 2 LORRI images posted by NASA so quality a bit reduced. This was 20 million km out.

I am on holiday for a week so we need a volunteer this week to process the images and post here. I will be back next Sunday when normal service should resume.
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Re: latest from Pluto

Post by rwilkinson » Mon Jun 29, 2015 12:35 pm

Another five images taken of Pluto and Charon by the LORRI camera on Saturday night have been published this morning by the Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory: http://pluto.jhuapl.edu/soc/Pluto-Encounter/index.php

It's amazing to consider that this data is transmitted at a rate of only 1kbit/sec - so each image takes around 45 minutes to send, and then another four and a half hours to travel from the outer reaches of the Solar System before it's received and decoded by the Deep-Space Network!
http://www.planetary.org/blogs/emily-la ... -hard.html

I couldn't find any recent colour data from the RALPH MVIC camera, so here's my attempt at stacking just the LORRI data:
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LORRI images of Pluto & Charon (from 12 million miles) on 27-Jun. 5x 150-millisec, over a 7-min interval.
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Re: Pluto latest

Post by rwilkinson » Mon Jun 29, 2015 7:54 pm

Here's the latest view from the New Horizons spacecraft, using LORRI images taken around 6am this morning and colourized using older data from the Ralph MVIC camera:
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Pluto & Charon (from 11 million miles) on 29-Jun. 5x 150-millisec over a 7-minute interval.
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Is that some kind of relief feature (maybe a gigantic crater?) casting an enromous shadow across the lower-right quadrant of the globe?

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Re: Pluto again!

Post by rwilkinson » Tue Jun 30, 2015 8:10 am

I've just done some more processing on the data from yesterday:
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Stack of 5x LORRI images from Pluto on 29-Jun
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Is that a smooth area (rather like the lunar maria) covering a large extent of the upper hemisphere?

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Re: Pluto latest

Post by rwilkinson » Wed Jul 01, 2015 7:38 pm

Just under 10 million miles to go (in the next fortnight)...
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Pluto & Charon on 1-Jul. Stack of 5x LORRI images with colour from Ralph MVIC
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Re: Pluto

Post by rwilkinson » Thu Jul 02, 2015 7:47 pm

Here's a stack of three of today's LORRI images:
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Pluto on 1-Jul: 3x 150ms from just over 9 million miles
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