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MSL Curiosity @Trek to Aeolis Mons(Mt. Sharp) ~ Sol 323 by MPJ

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Jul 09, 2013
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astrophotography, geology, landscape, nature

White balanced panorama of base and Dunefield of the Gale crater central uplift including some Chemcam (lower right) and MAHLI (upper right) close-up observations of nearby targets from Sol 323.

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  1. sea1jxw

    sea1jxw (October 04, 2013, 02:45PM )

    Dear MPJ; Just want to say thank you for the hard work in constructing these panoramas...Hope to see more (whatever NASA deems fit) Jim

  2. gary proffitt

    gary proffitt (August 27, 2013, 02:39PM )

    Hi MPJ, Sorry if you thought I was complaining about your efforts as I agree with you totally that the images that have been available before have been poor quality which is the fault of which ever company works on behalf of NASA and JPL and I know that you have worked hard on this panoramic as do all the giga-pan enthusiasts.Have you checked out some of the other images of Mount Sharp and the trench area and the amount of fantastic detail and unusual sedimentary deposits that seem to contain a lot of strange huge geometric shapes in them? I do hope that NASA let curiosity venture into the are around the base of Mount sharp and photograph this amazing vista, because if this data is as fantastic as it looks then I reckon that the images if processed correctly will be the best panoramic photograph taken to date and will be a game changer for NASA, JPL , Astroscience and the next giant leap for Mankind so lets see if the team can coast Curiosity gently down to the area in question and get that big beautiful mast-cam bang on target for a great shoot.

  3. MPJ

    MPJ (August 27, 2013, 03:29AM )

    Gary, thanks for your feedback. Actually many interested viewers are quite unhappy with the overall image quality. The MSL imaging team decided to only publish heavily compressed jpeg products as semi-raw data. The real camera raw-data is eventually published 9 months later to the planetary data system with no easy access either. This results in quite a lot of noise due to compression artifacts especially in the long range shots. If you look at the MSL cams specific you should have a good guess of what the cams should be able to deliver: msl-scicorner.jpl.nasa.gov/Instrum ents/Mastcam Will open in
a new tab or window/ I only use Mastcam100 images (compressed raw data as published)for panos which are white balanced, sharpened and color enhanced with Photoshop. If you ask me - only the close up imaging (near field) is really useful for reference of small details using the semi "raw" data which is provided.

  4. gary proffitt

    gary proffitt (August 26, 2013, 10:13PM )

    I am also an expert on camera techology and sell cameras that are far powerfuller in detail and zoom than the mastcam, though mine probably wont work on Mars, but once I enquire to the ccd pickup size, which I would estimate to be an inch, then using basic well known formulas and knowing the ccd pixel scaling, lens factors and approx position of curiosity at this location point a dergee of certainty will be known as to the clarity of the image that should be present though I am not sure as to the zoom factor that was used and it it was maximum but one would assume that this setting was used.

  5. gary proffitt

    gary proffitt (August 26, 2013, 10:02PM )

    Having a long background in image data technology, computer imaging, computer programming and having studied longer range pictures taken earlier by curiosity, some at an early stage of the mission I will have to mention that this image has been manipulated and does not relate to other data that is openly distrubuted by its vendors.Take for instance the many areas that have interesting details that can be compared at longer range shots with the mastcam and on this picture the trench area directly in front of the rover has many signs of data diffusion, maggoting, areas of blank or comlpetly free of detail.Why this should of been done is a mystery but it has been done unless the vendors of this imaging can explain why its images simply do not match up at many important and interesting points.

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