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Mon Jan 19, 2015, 11:48 AM

 

What Huygens Saw On Titan - New Image Processing | Video

Published on 14 Jan 2015

For the probe landing’s 10th anniversary, a new sequence has been rendered from Huygens’ Descent Imager/Spectral Radiometer (DISR) data. The craft landed on Saturn’s largest moon on 14 Jan 2005. -- Landing Animation: http://goo.gl/6t6XuA



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Stephen Retired Jan 2015 OP
abakan Jan 2015 #1
MrMickeysMom Jan 2015 #2
Jack Rabbit Jan 2015 #3
Plucketeer Jan 2015 #4
alfredo Jan 2015 #5
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Enthusiast Jan 2015 #7
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FailureToCommunicate Jan 2015 #11
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Stargazer09 Jan 2015 #13
LongTomH Jan 2015 #14
zanana1 Jan 2015 #15
ctsnowman Jan 2015 #16
leveymg Jan 2015 #17
eppur_se_muova Jan 2015 #20
leveymg Jan 2015 #23
eppur_se_muova Jan 2015 #25
leveymg Jan 2015 #27
eppur_se_muova Jan 2015 #28
leveymg Jan 2015 #29
byronius Jan 2015 #18
drm604 Jan 2015 #19
Spitfire of ATJ Jan 2015 #21
Manifestor_of_Light Jan 2015 #22
stonecutter357 Jan 2015 #24
Duckhunter935 Jan 2015 #26
polynomial Jan 2015 #30
Half-Century Man Jan 2015 #31

Response to Stephen Retired (Original post)

Mon Jan 19, 2015, 11:58 AM

1. That was great! Thanks

I am too...

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Response to Stephen Retired (Original post)

Mon Jan 19, 2015, 12:31 PM

2. Gosh, that's so cool...

Thanks, and welcome to DU, Stephen…

I bow to your nerdness on this subject…

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Response to Stephen Retired (Original post)

Mon Jan 19, 2015, 12:38 PM

3. K/R

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Response to Stephen Retired (Original post)

Mon Jan 19, 2015, 12:54 PM

4. Nice!

 

Yes, if only our species spent more time focused on the universe around us instead of killing and enslaving one another.

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Response to Stephen Retired (Original post)

Mon Jan 19, 2015, 12:57 PM

5. That's great. Thanks and welcome to DU

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Response to Stephen Retired (Original post)

Mon Jan 19, 2015, 01:00 PM

6. K&R

Aside from this remarkable imagery, I am still floored at the size of our own moon compared to our planet - notably when seen in the opening sequence.

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Response to Stephen Retired (Original post)

Mon Jan 19, 2015, 01:04 PM

7. Very cool!

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Response to Stephen Retired (Original post)

Mon Jan 19, 2015, 01:08 PM

8. That's really interesting!

Thanks for posting and welcome to DU!

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Response to Stephen Retired (Original post)

Mon Jan 19, 2015, 01:09 PM

9. Wow.

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Response to Stephen Retired (Original post)

Mon Jan 19, 2015, 01:16 PM

10. That was phenomenal

Things like this give this ol' atheist that feeling of the sublime.

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Response to Stephen Retired (Original post)

Mon Jan 19, 2015, 01:28 PM

11. Welcome to DU! And thanks for that facinating clip.

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Response to Stephen Retired (Original post)

Mon Jan 19, 2015, 01:36 PM

12. Very soon

you'll be able to download GoogleTitan and do this on your own

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Response to Stephen Retired (Original post)

Mon Jan 19, 2015, 01:39 PM

13. That was awesome!

Thank you for sharing it!

And welcome to DU.

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Response to Stephen Retired (Original post)

Mon Jan 19, 2015, 01:41 PM

14. I'm a space nerd too! Thanks for posting!!!



Oh yes, welcome to DU. Please post as often as you like!

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Response to Stephen Retired (Original post)

Mon Jan 19, 2015, 01:42 PM

15. I don't know much about space...

I'm so intrigued by this! When I see photos of hundreds of planets, I feel so hopeful. I believe that we're not alone.

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Response to Stephen Retired (Original post)

Mon Jan 19, 2015, 01:43 PM

16. Thanks for the post.

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Response to Stephen Retired (Original post)

Mon Jan 19, 2015, 01:57 PM

17. Any shots of Jupiter from Titan's surface? Correction: Saturn

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Response to leveymg (Reply #17)

Mon Jan 19, 2015, 02:15 PM

20. That seems unlikely -- but Saturn should look impressive, if the haze doesn't obscure it. nt

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Response to eppur_se_muova (Reply #20)

Mon Jan 19, 2015, 03:08 PM

23. Oops. Glad someone was paying attention.

Question: is Titan on a different orbital plane from the rings? Seems like a hazardous environment for a moon.

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Response to leveymg (Reply #23)

Mon Jan 19, 2015, 03:28 PM

25. Most of the satellites, except for a few very small "shepherd moons", are very far out.

Since, within the Roche limit, tidal forces overwhelm the gravitational forces that might otherwise hold the satellite together, no satellite can gravitationally coalesce out of smaller particles within that limit. Indeed, almost all known planetary rings are located within their Roche limit, Saturn's E-Ring and Phoebe ring being notable exceptions. They could either be remnants from the planet's proto-planetary accretion disc that failed to coalesce into moonlets, or conversely have formed when a moon passed within its Roche limit and broke apart.


Roche limit

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Response to eppur_se_muova (Reply #25)

Mon Jan 19, 2015, 03:35 PM

27. Interesting. Didn't realize Saturn was so much less dense than Jupiter.

And not nearly as dense as am I about such things.

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Response to leveymg (Reply #27)

Mon Jan 19, 2015, 03:39 PM

28. Saturn is the only planet that would float like a boat. :) nt

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Response to eppur_se_muova (Reply #28)

Mon Jan 19, 2015, 03:56 PM

29. It would make a cool pool toy.

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Response to Stephen Retired (Original post)

Mon Jan 19, 2015, 02:13 PM

18. Yeah, this was an awesome post. Grateful am I.

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Response to Stephen Retired (Original post)

Mon Jan 19, 2015, 02:15 PM

19. Fascinating

I love this kind of stuff. I've never seen this before. Thank you so much for posting it!

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Mon Jan 19, 2015, 02:18 PM

21. These are the kinds of worlds we will eventually be walking on....

 

In the mean time, have fun with this.

Most people know that if you have google earth installed it's possible to select the moon or mars. What a lot of people DON'T know is the flight simulator works on those worlds too. You can fly an F16 through Valles Marineris.

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Mon Jan 19, 2015, 02:27 PM

22. Neato mosquito!!

Very cool! I love NASA. Too bad the rest of the world has taken over space exploration. Neil deGrasse Tyson rails constantly about underfunding NASA, for good reason.

And that supercollider they were supposed to build in Waxahachie? The idiots in Congress defunded it. So where is the cutting edge particle physics happening? CERN in Switzerland.

/RANT OVER





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Response to Stephen Retired (Original post)

Mon Jan 19, 2015, 03:20 PM

24. K&R!

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Mon Jan 19, 2015, 03:31 PM

26. awesome, thanks

 

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Mon Jan 19, 2015, 03:56 PM

30. Really good video...

Absolutely great video, being a scientific type enjoying the wonder of American technology, we need more of an understanding about where we Humans live.

Especially to understand that simple notion of water that we take for granite is actually very scarce in the solar system.

The NASA website has some tutorials however my studies search the Internet for Image processing techniques such as that pictured in the video.

The Mathematics called Matrix Transformations Fourier transforms in electronic engineering make that imagery possible. I know its asking a lot however, young men and women should know how these systems work before they leave high school.

It’s not easy to find a simple way electronics changes an image that can be translated and sent so well for such distances. It’s incredible and our science community should be proud and NASA should share it. It’s our tax money…isn’t it…

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Response to Stephen Retired (Original post)

Mon Jan 19, 2015, 04:03 PM

31. Very good clip.

Gotta love science.

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