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Monday, February 02, 2009

Mars Technology Helps Create Inauguration Mega-picture - 2.02.2009

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My apologies, still, hopefully we will get some of this kind of action
when we go back to the Moon.
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NASA Science News for February 2, 2009

A private photographer has used NASA's Mars technology to create a
1,474 megapixel panoramic photo of President Obama's inauguration. The
interactive mega-snapshot has become an international sensation,
viewed by more than two million people in 186 countries. Today's story
from Science@NASA presents the photo and tells how it was made.


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The inspiration for the above came from the Mars Rover's Pan-Cam.

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February 2, 2009: When a new president is inaugurated, it's a big
event, and it calls for a big picture.

To be precise, 1,474 megapixels.

Using the same NASA technology that Mars rovers routinely use to image
the Red Planet, photographer David Bergman created an unprecedented
1,474 megapixel panoramic photo of President Obama's inauguration.
(For comparison, an ordinary digital photo contains less than 10
megapixels.) Click on the image below to pan around the rotunda and
zoom in on some of the two million people. The detail is amazing. You
can see Hilary Clinton's white earrings, Barbara Bush's fuzzy black
earmuffs, the word "Obama" stitched on spectators' winter hats, Yo-Yo
Ma taking a picture with his iPhone, and much more:

Global Connection Project

The Gigapan camera is a simple robotic platform for capturing very
high-resolution (gigapixel and up) panoramic images from a standard
digital camera. Sponsored by Google, CMU and the NASA Ames Intelligent
Robotics Group, the Global Connection Project has also developed
software which places you inside the panorama and lets you explore.

An earlier version of this imaging technology was developed for the
Mars Exploration Rovers; the panoramas created from Mars enabled a
simulated experience of being on another planet. The Gigapan project
aims to create a similar experience, but for exploration of Earth.

The Panoramic Camera (Pancam)

Pancam is a high-resolution color stereo pair of CCD cameras used to
image the surface and sky of Mars. The cameras are located on a
"camera bar" that sits on top of the mast of the rover.

The Pancam Mast Assembly (PMA) allows the cameras to rotate a full
360° to obtain a panoramic view of the martian landscape. The camera
bar itself can swing up or down through 180° of elevation. Scientists
use Pancam to scan the horizon of Mars for landforms that may indicate
a past history of water. They also use the instrument to create a map
of the area where the rover lands, as well as search for interesting
rocks and soils to study.

The Pancam cameras are small enough to fit in the palm of your hand
(270 grams or about 9 ounces), but can generate panoramic image
mosaics as large as 4,000 pixels high and 24,000 pixels around. Pancam
detectors are CCDs (charge coupled devices). These devices form the
image, just as film does in a film camera.




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