The real footage in this video was captured by several cameras that are part of the rover’s entry, descent, and landing suite. The views include a camera looking down from the spacecraft’s descent stage (a kind of rocket-powered jet pack that helps fly the rover to its landing site), a camera on the rover looking up at the descent stage, a camera on the top of the aeroshell (a capsule protecting the rover) looking up at that parachute, and a camera on the bottom of the rover looking down at the Martian surface.
If that’s up your alley, check out this 4K video showing images of the red planet (captured earlier):
Elderfox Studios took photographic footage taken by various Mars space rovers and compiled them into an absolutely astonishing 4K rendered video that reveals the surface of Mars. The original photos used in this short but stunning documentary were from NASA, JPL-Caltech, MSSS, Cornell University and ASU.
VAMP, the Virtual Astronomy Multimedia Project, aims to "vastly multiply the use of, astronomy image resources… by systematically linking resource archives worldwide." The Astronomy Visualization Metadata (AVM) standard they’ve devised works builds on Adobe’s XMP technology. [Via Robert Hurt]
Boston.com’s new feature The Big Picture dispenses with traditional peanut-sized Web photos and showcases great images in the news. Site designer/developer/writer/photo editor Alan Taylor talks about his brainchild and how it came to be. [Via] Lately they’ve been harvesting the best photos that billions of tax dollars can buy:
The Sky, From Above features gorgeous shots of the Space Shuttle at liftoff, as well as of thunderstorms over the American Midwest and more. [Via]
In Martian Skies, you can view panoramas from Mars and watch dust devils skittering across the Martian landscape.
A few years ago I heard from a researcher at DuPont who was, as I recall, using Photoshop’s Histogram palette & other tools to analyze samples of Kevlar and other materials. Later I visited the Johnson Space Flight Center and talked to a team about using Photoshop’s Ruler Tool to assess possible cracks in space shuttle heat shields photographed during flight. No matter what you think a given feature is designed to do, customers will always find interesting ways to push it farther.
In that vein, Chris Ing gets crafty on JacksofScience.com, using the new analysis tools in PS CS3 Extended to do everything from estimating chicken density in Africa* (by analyzing the "integrated density" of various regions of an info graphic) to calculating the height of Kirsten Dunst (studiously cross-checked against something called Chickipedia–and no, I’m not feigning ignorance). Should you find yourself "interested in comparing the circularity of your head to that of a friend," you’ve got a kindred spirit.
* Sorry, the pre-/post-hatched counting enhancement will have to wait for a future release. (We’ll sic Chris on it.) We’ve heard somewhere that it’s an important distinction…
Okay, so their connection to this blog is tenuous at best, but these semi-science-y vids are too fun not to share:
A while back I mentioned the 150-T-shirt Human Flipbook that Colle+McVoy created for sandwich chain Erbert & Gerbert. Now they’ve returned with CandleCannon.com. Gotta love the insane whooping of geeks celebrating. [Via Dustin Black]
Taryn Simon produced a beautiful image of nuclear waste. In An American Index of the Hidden and Unfamiliar, "[h]er 70 color plates transform that which is off-limits or under-the-radar into a visible and intelligible form." See and read more here.
Okay, I’m getting a little far afield of scientific imaging per se, but I found the following interesting & thought you might as well.
Oh man–tumbling hippies + Jabberwocky + amino acids: this 1971 MIT video has it all. When that hoodling organ sountrack kicks in, you know it’s gonna be good. (Skip ahead 3:30 or so to the dancing.) [Via]
Hmm–I wonder whether these come in “Ps” or “Ai”: periodic table rings. [Via Jeffrey Warnock] (Of course, a more committed geek would go with knuckle tattoos–the arm already having been done.)
“If you could hold a giant magnifying glass in space,” say researchers at the University of Michigan, “and focus all the sunlight shining toward Earth onto one grain of sand, that concentrated ray would approach the intensity of [the HERCULES laser].” Here’s the story. [Via]
The Hubble recently captured a double Einstein ring. An Einstein ring occurs when light from one body is deflected into a ring by another body, such as a black hole. In this case, the effect required three galaxies to be perfectly aligned. [Via]