Sunday, June 26, 2005

Midnight Mar Browser Development Update

Big things are coming to Midnight Mars Browser in the near future. A new version is on the way. Just wanted to mention that, in case you don't visit the site often: stay tuned.

Strange Covered Rock? Spirit Sol 525

2P172971236ESFAC00P2588l456, originally uploaded by marscat.

Spirit continues to climb Husband Hill. At Meridiani, Opportunity has finally extended its arm to examine the soil near Purgatory Dune. The soil near its tracks looks like it has been covered with dust.

Tuesday, June 21, 2005

Interesting Rock

Originally uploaded by marscat.
Spirit Sol 521 pancam false-color.

Anaglyph version

Monday, June 20, 2005

Monday Morning Movies: Opportunity after the Drift

This sequence shows the navigation images after Opportunity's escape from Purgatory Dune, starting on Sol 490. Opportunity is executing a three-point turn in order to return to the dune and investigate its properties.

Opportunity Navigation Sol 490-Quicktime 599KBUpdated 6/20/2005

more movies

Saturday, June 18, 2005

Gusev at Sunset (Again)

Originally uploaded by marscat.
One of a series of sunset images that just came down from Spirit. Sol 518 pancam false-color. Spirit has captured the Martian sunset more than once in recent days.

Looking Up

Originally uploaded by marscat.
Spirit looks up towards the summit of Husband Hill. Sol 518 navcam anaglyph.

Friday, June 17, 2005

Looking at Purgatory

Originally uploaded by marscat.
Opportunity looks at the dune where it was stuck. Sol 496 pancam false-color.

Sculpted Rock, Spirit Sol 514

Originally uploaded by marscat.

Version 1.1.6

Midnight Mars Browser version 1.1.6 is now up, here's what's new:

-Anaglyphs are now generated without the left and right borders, to make them easier to put into panoramas.

-An error downloading a single image will no longer terminate the update (per request). The error will be logged and the update will continue.

Download the latest version

Thursday, June 16, 2005


I'm playing around with Flickr-blogging Midnight Mars Browser-generated images. It's so much fun I might keep doing it for awhile.

Spirit Sol 515

Originally uploaded by marscat.
Spirit looks down on Sol 515 (an interesting rock outcrop?) Pancam false-color image.

Opportunity Sol 496

Originally uploaded by marscat.
Opportunity investigates its tracks after finally escaping from Purgatory Dune.

Testing Flickr

Originally uploaded by marscat.
Opportunity Sol 496 navcam anaglyph; Opportunity is turning to investigate the dune where is was stuck for a month.

Wednesday, June 15, 2005

Donation Button

Several people who use the MMB software have asked why there isn't a donate button on this page. Well, now there is. If you use the program quite a bit, consider making a small donation. You don't get anything in return except the satisfaction of paying for a nice bit of software that you use often, and it might increase my motivation to keep working on the program.

Monday, June 13, 2005

Version 1.1.5

Midnight Mars Browser version 1.1.5 features enhancements related to the new "Automatic Update" feature. The main window now displays the current local (Earth) time as well as the start time of the most recent update. The Update Status window is now limited to the last 1000 lines so that its memory usage will not grow indefinitely if you leave the program running.

Download the latest version

Sunday, June 12, 2005

Version 1.1.4 - Automatic Update Feature

Version 1.1.4 introduces the Automatic Update feature. Check the "Automatic Update" box in the main window, and the program will scan for image updates every hour automatically. You can now leave Midnight Mars Browser running on your computer while you work, and it will pop up a window when new images appear; or you can leave it running at night, and check the new images in the morning. The scan for new images happens two minutes after the hour to give the Exploratorium site time to update (which happens on the hour) so it is important your system's clock is set accurately.

Download the latest version

Monday, June 06, 2005

New Movies

A bunch of new and updated movies are posted on the movies page.

Saturday, June 04, 2005

Oppy is Free!

Finally clear of the drift...

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Friday, June 03, 2005

Version 1.1.3

Midnight Mars Browser version 1.1.3 adds the "Export Slideshow to Movie Frames..." feature, which exports images in the slideshow to a directory, naming them in numerical order by timecode. The images can then be used to make a movie using QuickTime Pro or other software. Some examples are on the movies page.

Download the latest version

Movies: Opportunity in the Drift

New movies of Opportunity slowly extracting itself (we hope) from the drift have been posted on the movies page.

Wednesday, June 01, 2005

Version 1.1.2

Midnight Mars Browser version 1.1.2 introduces the Image Import, Export, and Delete features under the File menu; these can be used for archiving images, amongst other things. A potential issue where http connections might not be closed is fixed, as well as one or two other minor bugs. Click the "download" link above to download the latest version.