Friday, February 24, 2006

Opportunity Sol 742 - "Payson" In View


Good news: Exploratorium appears to be working again, at least for the moment, so we get to see the up-to-the-minute latest Mars Rover images again. Such as the above.

Other news: I think I'm going to just post images to the Flickr site for awhile, to save myself some time.

Other good news: Midnight Mars Browser 1.4.4 is posted; see below.

Version 1.4.4

Midnight Mars Browser version 1.4.4 has been posted. Here's what's new:

  • In Panorama mode, the new "Edit -> Select Command Sequence Images" menu option selects the closest image to center and all other images in the panorama with the same command sequence code. Once an image or images are selected, they can be hid using the new "Navigate -> Hide Selected Images" menu option (to reveal any images behind). All images can be shown again using the "Navigate -> Show All Images" menu option.
  • Improved image quality in Panorama mode at certain magnifications (smoother scaling, fewer "jaggies").
  • Added an "Update Panorama Images from JPL" menu option to the Update menu.
  • Fixed Panorama selection dialog to show pans in order by sol (since site/drive code isn't completely reliable).
  • Panorama screenshots show view azimuth, elevation and field of view at bottom.
  • Miscellaneous other fixes.

Download the latest version of Midnight Mars Browser

Opportunity Sol 741 - Opportunity Drives


Opportunity's first significant drive in ... what? Weeks, months. Very good news. Let's hope there's still lots of life in the old girl; there's much left to see.

The rest of the Pancams should give us the best view yet of "Mogollon Rim," once they've come in.

Thursday, February 23, 2006

Spirit Sol 746-751 False-Color Updated


Adjusted the false-color for the Gibson pan frames.

Wednesday, February 22, 2006

Tuesday, February 21, 2006

Adjusted Color for Spirit Sol 755-758


Had a stab at evening out the false-color... so at least the image brightness are stretched more or less the same way.

Spirit Sol 755-758 Pan Updated and Sol 759 Added

I'll try to adjust the color later...

Sunday, February 19, 2006

Spirit Sol 746-750 Pan Updated

Closeup of outcrop, Sol 746-750.

View Eest on Sol 746-750 looking 20 degrees down relative to horizon.

Saturday, February 18, 2006

Version 1.4.3

Midnight Mars Browser 1.4.3 fixes some bugs, including a file handle leak that could cause problems when viewing many panoramas or images in sequence. Also the delete images option now properly deletes thumbnails.

Download the latest version of Midnight Mars Browser

Friday, February 17, 2006

All Pan Metadata Updated


All the MMB pan metadata has been regenerated with data from the Pancam Tracking Database. Above, a 70 degree view of "El Dorado" in ground-relative perspective.


"Seminole" view.

There are a bunch of other nice new screenshots at the Flickr site.

Generating Pans from the Pancam Tracking Database


I'm working on generating MMB pans using data from the Pancam Tracking Database. This will allow all the panoramas to be viewed ground-relative (rover tilt accounted for, with zero degrees facing north), and also I hope it will save me a lot of work generating panoramas by hand. The view above is from the Erebus Pan, generated from Pancam Tracking data - the main difference from the created-by-hand version is that the frames showing the rover have been filled in, which would have been far too much work for me to do by hand.

Thursday, February 16, 2006

Spirit Sol 746-748 Pan Updated


More color coming down.

Wednesday, February 15, 2006

Tuesday, February 14, 2006

Spirit Sol 746-748 Panorama Updated


False color of "Gibson" coming in. James Canvin has a much better version of this partial mosaic at his site.

Also, Opportunity moved to a new target, but still hasn't done a long drive. That may be coming soon, though... something to look out for.

Saturday, February 11, 2006

Sol 450-540 Panoramas Updated from PDS data


The panoramas from Spirit and Opportunity Sols 450-540 have been updated from the latest NASA PDS update. Also Daniel Crotty's calibrated color images have been updated.

Sunset at Gusev, Sol 489:


Spirit Sol 746-748 Panorama Updated


Pancam mosaic of Home Plate is coming down. (Wish I could do something about the jaggies here... not to mention the fact that the images don't match up at close range. Never-the-less.)

Wednesday, February 08, 2006

About "About"

I have added an about link above, which goes to a brief explanation of what this site is. It may be helpful.

Monday, February 06, 2006

Opportunity Sol 725


Spirit Sol 744 Panorama Updated


Above is the 90 degree view due West on Sol 744. Looks almost like a "bay"! This is taken from rover's position right next to "Home Plate".

I like this view from the slightly-updated Sol 740-741 pan of an eroded volcanic rock just off the right "wing":


Spirit Sol 742-743 - Direction Update


90-degree view facing South on Spirit Sol 742-732. "Home Plate" is at center, McCool Hill at left. I've updated the direction of the Sol 742-743 pan based on the JPL maps. North should now be North, to within perhaps 10 degrees or so. I was considerably off before. I'll go back and correct some of the earlier pans, later. Views facing North, East and West are also posted on the Flickr site.

Saturday, February 04, 2006

Friday, February 03, 2006

Thursday, February 02, 2006

Spirit Sol 741


Edit: corrected the image.

Spirit Sol 738-739 Panorama Updated


Some new Navcam images from Sol 738-739 show the full extent of El Dorado (at least the top part of it) on Husband Hill.

Also, the first Navcam image of Home Plate from Spirit's new position has come down - not enough to make a panorama yet, but interesting. I guess we are still further away than I thought, but the Pancam images should be spectacular if they come down.

Wednesday, February 01, 2006

Spirit Sol 740


One more drive and I suspect Home Plate will be in full, glorious view.