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Post by Chicago Astronomer Joe on Jan 21, 2005 0:00:27 GMT -6
Amateurs beat space agencies to Titan pictures
I think that this is rather cool. With an ordinary computer & free software, everyday amateur astronomers and space enthusiasts can add to the knowledge base of planetary exploration.
Here is a story from Nature News.com:
A group of enthusiastic amateurs managed to process raw images of Titan from the Huygens probe faster that any of the giant space agencies in charge of the mission.
NASA and the European Space Agency (ESA) usually process images from space missions using sophisticated computer software before being releasing them to the public. Changing the contrast, brightness and even colouring the pictures can help to pick out key features that would otherwise go unnoticed.