I'm a guy who does programming for a living, have a degree in computer science, but in free time I like to fool around with image processing.
Currently, my top choice of images to play with is the Cassini/Huygens mission to Saturn and Titan.
The images you see here are (more or less) calibrated images that were released to the Planetary Data System, they are not raw jpeg processed images that immediately appear on the mission website as they're downlinked from the spacecraft. The downside of the PDS is the data releases are delayed about 9 months in order to give the imaging team priority over analyzing data (hey, they built the cameras!). Other than that, the PDS data allow more accurate reconstruction of colors and brightnesses over the histogram-stretched jpeg images.
I've put up this gallery because I was somewhat underwhelmed by the frequency the Cassini Imaging Team releases color composites. Granted, there isn't an overwhelming number of color sets available, but even when there is a chance to do color, the team often prefers grayscale.
These images will mostly be the ones I haven't seen officially released, but there will be a few of those as well, though with my own processing.
All Cassini images, unless otherwise noted are credited to "NASA / JPL / SSI / Gordan Ugarkovic".
Anyway, I hope you find at least some of them interesting.
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- Gordan Ugarkovic
- August 2006
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