What do you get when you combine a slow on-call day, a copy of Photoshop, and an unhealthy obsession with the Mars mission? The first color images of the Meridiani Planum, courtesy of the Opportunity rover. Using today’s raw images and Kano’s info about the color wavelengths that correspond to each of the rover’s camera filters, it was easy to create the color versions, and while they’re not true-color — NASA hasn’t provided the red channels — they aren’t all that far off, and they’re much more satisfying to look at than the black-and-whites that are all over the newswires. (Note that I also lightened the midtones, since the raw images are pretty dark in the visible range.)

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These are great. Thanks for putting them together.

• Posted by: Bill Humphries on Jan 25, 2004, 5:50 PM


• Pinged by anil dash's daily links on Jan 25, 2004, 9:59 PM

QDN: Meridiani Planum, in not-true-color…

• Pinged by randomWalks flux on Jan 27, 2004, 12:48 AM

I happened upon this page from an image on Matt’s site. I liked the thumbnails so much that I just had to type in the URL to see the full images. Nice work. These are some of the better Mars images that I’ve seen thus far.

• Posted by: Scott Johnson on Jan 31, 2004, 12:56 AM
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