*polishes glasses* WHOOPS! I'll be a good boy and drink a nice beer in honor of Cassini and the imaging team while the images are being taken.
Downloading shouldn't be too long. I guess today or maybe tomorrow. For the individual frames you can check the raw images website:
On processing no idea really. Could be quite some time. They need to have the time to
do it right, write a press release, okay it and put it out there. I expect amateurs to beat them to it as those only need to produce something that's aesthetically pleasing and don't have to care about being scientificly accurate. For those I would watch the Planetary Society's website:
ARGH. Just realized my brain is out off sync by a day and I missed her :/
Given the time delay of light what time should I wave at her ?
Is there confirmation ISS data is being recieved ?
DSN Goldstone 70 meter dish should start to listen to Cassini right about now..
Now less the three hours to go :)
Sounds like an awesome flyby. I'll guess I'll be running home from work on Tuesday to take a peek at the rawimages site. On the downside: I always have a bad night of sleep the night before exciting things happen in space ;)
"Are you sure Cassini will not be hit by particles enough largue to damage her?."
I was wondering the same thing and already had a question about it in mind. Here it goes: Will the HGA be used as a shield during closest approach, just like was done with the ring plane crossing during SOI ?
"And regarding the plutonium/hydrogen issue, I fail to see the connection. Why would a radioactive source pose any danger for a hydrogen atmosphere?"
It's the same nonsense we heard when Galileo was flown into Jupiter. People somehow assume that the Pu238 in the RTGs will become a fission bomb and will reach high enough temperature to achieve hydrogen fusion. That the Pu is the wrong isotope to make a bomb is the first thing they fail to understand. Their line of reasoning only goes downhill from there if you ask me.
If Saturn is "the lord of the rings", then I guess Carolyn is "the lady of the rings". I say this because I downloaded a 1990 BBC documentary about the Voyager Neptune flyby today. In the beginning they showed a room full of scientists watching the images come in, and I thought "Hey, that looks like Carolyn!" :) Later on she talked quite a bit about the Neptune ring arcs. I guess Carolyn really loves planetary rings systems.
The Neptune documentary was part of a two part series about the Voyager probes. One highlight in the first episode was a 1979 videoclip with Edward Stone walking around a full scale mockup, and talking about what all the instruments did. Awesome stuff from a time before science documentaries were afraid to go into details too much.
Using panorama software makes for pretty easy mosaics, but the result isn't perfect though. The missing piece in the large one should be rectangular for example. To fix that I'm redoing it by hand in Photoshop. Pretty hard to do and it takes many hours, so fo the time being I like the panorama software result fine ;)
Sorry for the confusion :o Just read "size" as "number of frames" please.
If the NAC images are reprojected on a sphere is this done on a frame-by-frame base before stitching, or is it done after you assemble the mosaic ? I'm asking because I run into big problems when I try to stitch mosaics where the distance at which the frames are taken changes a lot. I'm pretty much still looking for a good way to handle the scale difference between frames.
Stitching software standing by for the Tethys fly-by :) What size mosaic can we expect for the NAC ?
Yep, that's what I was thinking of. Seeing the the lake slowly shrinking, clouds forming, clouds getting transported and perhaps even see a new lake being filled somewhere on the southern hemisphere. I'm afraid we'll need the extended-extended mission for that though :/
I just love active worlds like Titan, Io and Europa :)
It will be interesting to see what will happen to the lake now that northern summer is comming on Titan.