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NASA AND MICROSOFT PROVIDE MARS 3-D CLOSE ENCOUNTER
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July 12, 2010

Dwayne Brown
Headquarters, Washington
202-358-1726
michael.s.mewhinney@nasa.gov, rapidres@waggeneredstrom.com
RELEASE: 10-163

NASA AND MICROSOFT PROVIDE MARS 3-D CLOSE ENCOUNTER

WASHINGTON -- NASA and Microsoft Research are bringing Mars to life
with new features in the WorldWide Telescope software that provide
viewers with a high-resolution 3-D map of the Red Planet.

Microsoft's online virtual telescope explores the universe using
images NASA spacecraft return from other worlds. Teams at NASA's Ames
Research Center in Moffett Field, Calif., and Microsoft in Redmond,
Wash., jointly developed the software necessary to make NASA's
planetary data available in WorldWide Telescope.

"By providing the Mars dataset to the public on the WorldWide
Telescope platform, we are enabling a whole new audience to
experience the thrill of space," said Chris C. Kemp, chief technology
officer for information technology at NASA Headquarters in
Washington.

The fully-interactive images and new NASA data will allow viewers to
virtually explore Mars and make their own scientific discoveries. New
features include the highest resolution fully interactive map of Mars
ever created, realistic 3-D renderings of the surface of the planet
and video tours with two NASA scientists, James Garvin of NASA's
Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Md., and Carol Stoker of
Ames.

Garvin's tour walks viewers through the geological history of Mars and
discusses three possible landing sites for human missions there. Each
landing site highlights a different geological era of the planet.
Stoker's tour addresses the question "Is there life on Mars?" and
describes the findings of NASA's Mars Phoenix Lander.

"Our hope is that this inspires the next generation of explorers to
continue the scientific discovery process," said Ames Center Director
S. Pete Worden.

The Intelligent Robotics Group at Ames Research Center developed open
source software that runs on the NASA Nebula cloud computing platform
to create and host the high resolution maps. The maps contain 74,000
images from Mars Global Surveyor's Mars Orbiter Camera and more than
13,000 high-resolution images of Mars taken by the Mars
Reconnaissance Orbiter's High Resolution Imaging Science Experiment
(HiRISE) camera. Each individual HiRISE image contains more than a
billion pixels. The complete maps were rendered into image mosaics
containing more than half a billion smaller images.

"These incredibly detailed maps will enable the public to better
experience and explore Mars," said Michael Broxton, a research
scientist in the Intelligent Robotics Group at Ames. "The
collaborative relationship between NASA and Microsoft Research was
instrumental for creating the software that brings these new Mars
images into people's hands, classrooms and living rooms."

NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (MRO) reached the planet in 2006 to
begin a two-year primary science mission. The mission has returned
more data about Mars than all other spacecraft sent to the Red
Planet. The Global Surveyor began orbiting Mars in 1997. The
spacecraft operated longer than any other Mars spacecraft, ceasing
operations in November 2006.

"Microsoft has a long-standing relationship with NASA that has enabled
us to jointly provide the public with the ability to discover space
in a new way," said Tony Hey, corporate vice president of the
External Research Division of Microsoft Research.

NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, Calif., manages MRO for
NASA's Science Mission Directorate in Washington. Lockheed Martin
Space Systems in Denver built the spacecraft. HiRISE is operated by
the University of Arizona and was built by Ball Aerospace &
Technologies Corp. in Boulder, Colo. Malin Space Science Systems in
San Diego provided and operated the Mars Orbiter Camera.

To learn more and download the WorldWide Telescope, visit:

http://www.worldwidetelescope.org

For more information and images of Mars taken by HiRISE, visit:

http://hirise.lpl.arizona.edu


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High learning curve at the moment but its a step in the right direction.

WoW... Applause Worship think of this...it is Brutal Truth Reality...even though from a "fiction" epic

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Open your minds Peace business with "politics"..now matter how 'explosive'.

Reality MUST be Truthful to be Useful to build a SOLID foundation for our future as a species.

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I've had WWT for years until I got bored with it and it found the recycle bin.
I hope this new development makes it a hell of a lot better than it was.

Am redownloading it to try out.
I'll move this topic to the Space imaging forum as well, so it can take its place with all the other cool space resources listed there
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Stonehenge/GP on Mars!

(Probably nice "quiet" place to put this post of mine for the time being)

Thanks Bob for the post. I tried installing this software way back but it always came up
with some kind of an error. Did so again, but I don’t like being beaten, persevered and
finally got it to work!

Seems ok for Mars with some useful features but a bit ponderous and heavy on processor. Slows
down other progs way more than Google Earth. Certainly won't ever beat a good astro program
but has it's uses I suppose. Get a fairly quick idea of available imagery and you can identify
coordinates very quickly to feed into the main search sites we use.

I’ve now been able to check this, Google Mars and the respective HiRISE and HRSC coordinates
to see how they match with the grid I did for the CAAIM. I know that the last two were definitely
different but now they appear to match almost exactly and the HiRISE system appears to have
prevailed. As a result you need to know that my calibration on the CAAIM is out by 0.35°. That
is all latitudes are 0.35° further north than they should be. Perhaps the respective space agencies
have agreed a common coordinate system since – or I just got it wrong Rofl !

Here are the images to help people visualise:

This is the search site location as above:
[Image: Mars_search01.jpg]

and this is the location for Al-Kufrah.
[Image: Mars_search02.jpg]

Now ain’t that just suspicious? “Kufrah” and “Kufra” = Kuf for Khufu and ra for “Ra” = Sun God!

And if you go to WWT or Google Mars you’ll find that there are actually three craters there, and
this is the match with the Giza pyramids.
[Image: Mars_search03.jpg]

Not quite close enough for me but perhaps…and look at
the location, right in the middle of a huge ancient ocean - ripe for "Atlantis" buffs. Now that’s just deep
speculation!

Let me know if you think the reasons for the request are ok or ko - i.e. am I pushing it a bit too
far at the moment?

Here's the link for Chincoteague:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chincoteague,_Virginia

There's some awesome "measures" in them thar figures but you won't see
what I can see in them.

And alist of crater names on Mars and there origins:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_cr ... _Mars:_A-L


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[quote author="Keith"]I've had WWT for years until I got bored with it and it found the recycle bin.
I hope this new development makes it a hell of a lot better than it was.

Am redownloading it to try out.
I'll move this topic to the Space imaging forum as well, so it can take its place with all the other cool space resources listed there
Worship

I've been overwhelmed by the universe in the past few months, and especially days. I long ago thought of reviving and redoing the CAAIM and DJ's 'STARFISH PYRMID' as an aka for the MESH name gave me the request from another part of the universe than the urging between my brain, soul and heart.

I am about to go find some GOOD "homework" files for tomorrow. In the Mars 3D

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But the million dollar question is whether they'll brush out all the anomalies first? Will it be more of the same? :uni:

So what's the big deal here? What's going to be different from what we've already seen over the years?? I still think HiRISE images as seen through the IAS viewer are unbeatable, as well as some of those images from Clementine - as of now.
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Thanks Bob!

Just to clarify:

Firstly, in the CAAIM where I have the central latitude coordinate at 41° North,
(in bold white to the left of the Face) it should read 40.65° North. 2 or 3 hundredths isn't
going to make any difference - all depends exactly where you place your pointer!

Secondly, I didn't actually check the four corners of the grid, which had slightly
larger errors. I'll get round to rechecking everything in due course after I publish
Paper 1. Doesn't make any difference to people trying to locate features nor, as far
as I can tell, using the coordinates, albeit slightly off, in searches for HiRISE, MOC
and HRSC images in the data bases. All of these images are based on central
coordinates and the longitudes, being accurate, are more than good enough to
pinpoint the searches.

Now, going back to speculations, I'm always intrigued by the "butterfly" shaped
impact ejecta as in the Chincoteague crater in that image.

Note the resmblance to the "flying discs" and "flying boats" as in the Sumerian
cylinder seal below:

[Image: annunaki.jpg?w=480&h=309]

As for Al-Kufrah I'm impressed with the geomtric shapes for farming and development.
http://www.esa.int/esaEO/SEMWVRM65LE_index_2.html

Here's the aerial from Google earth:
[Image: Al-Kufrah_geometry.jpg]

To say that they are trying to create an aerial image of the constellation of Leo
where all those round irrigation circles are, would most definitely be pushing it
too far... Cheers
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[quote author="Orpbit2"]Now when we get down to cm resolution on Mars..... Stars ...we'll need two for 3D Lmao

Ninja Rofl

http://www.commonsensecentral.net/2010/ ... g-nose.jpg

[Image: who-stole-dr-mikeys-missing-nose.jpg]

Maybe it got "picked and eaten?" eeewwww Scream Muaha

As for some of the other things you posted I'll add them to the list I have going up here. However, please remember, as I am sure you're aware with your projected dates for your projects, I too have another list with Wife's medical issues right now and...the Universe cares not for when WE want things...it operates on its own set of rules, then changes them on a whim.

THANK YOU for originating the 'idea' of a Centralized Cydonia Anomalies Refernce Map...it is growing and with this new software can REALLY becme target and useful. There are VERY VERY VERY VERY few BRUTAL TRUTH 3D STEREO images for ACCURATE 3D scales and renditions of the landscape. WE have to keep helping them INCREASE the number in CYDONIA by re-requesting those that ARE there and there are MANY MANY within the CAAIM as single acquisitions with color strips. Also in extremely HiRes, though NOT like downloading the image and looking in a Paint Program.

I will be back as soon as I can. Too ALL of us I think...THIS one works...imho... Cheers

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Hey Bob, Do me a Boon...

Remame the area just across from the star pyramid (you know, what George calls the Roadrunner" to the woodpecker on the CAAIM

He messed with me once too much.

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I tried and was disappointed about Mars the quality of the face yucks, Keith has better pics of it, why NASA can ask you for some?
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[quote author="Keith"]Hey Bob, Do me a Boon...

Remame the area just across from the star pyramid (you know, what George calls the Roadrunner" to the woodpecker on the CAAIM

He messed with me once too much.

Worship Thank You.

The CAAIM is STILL be revised to help Integrate the new WebTools between Microsoft/HiRise et al ...( Just a long work in progress Applause

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