Dawn | Fly Over Animation

We are getting closer and more detailed imagery of the large Dwarf Planet Ceres by the NASA Dawn spacecraft currently in orbit. I suggest watching this Jet Propulsion Laboratory video in full screen and HD mode if you are able. Much more to come in the months ahead.


24 thoughts on “Dawn | Fly Over Animation

  1. Thanks for sharing! What do you mean by “Jet Propulsion Laboratory video”? I suppose it’s an animation of the real images; but why are they called “jet propelled” when referring to the animation?

      • JPL guys and other assorted science types used to hang out at my favorite Cafe Espresso in Berkeley. We loved eavesdropping on them. We didn’t understand a thing, of course, but they clearly understood each other, and could be pretty passionate in their discussions.

      • I used to work summers at Fermilab near Chicago. Lunch in the cafeteria was also a good place to overhear some pretty deep discussions. What a fun place for a physics teacher. ๐Ÿ™‚

      • Thanks for these links! What beautiful designs these satellites have, just reading about the troposphere the other day, and there’s a “Tropospheric Emission Spectrometer”-
        “An infrared sensor instrument aboard NASA’s Aura Earth satellite, the Tropospheric Emission Spectrometer, or TES, is designed to measure and investigate Earth’s troposphere, the lowest level of Earth’s atmosphere, and one of its key chemical components, ozone. In 2010, scientists devised a way to use data from the instrument to also study carbon dioxide levels across the globe. ” These are beautifully engineered spacecrafts, thanks for the link. So if it says that it’s “a jet propulsion video”, can I take it that it was the real view from the spacecraft, or did they animate it and to what extent?

      • They used real images. Software can blend them together into a smooth transition from one to another as in the video. It is a lot like taking 3 or 4 pictures for a panorama. Software can take them and make one large image by adjusting the overlap of the images so their are no breaks or gaps. Nice and smooth. I used that often for wide scenes.

  2. Fantastic video, Jim! I had to watch it more than once. I thought it funny when in the description at the end, it noted that the background star field had been added. I didn’t even notice the star field on the first viewing, I was too focused on Ceres’ surface!

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