(pictured: the airplane, built in the 1940s out of metal poles and cloth)
Tim are you ever gonna stop posting volcano screenshots?
Most of my data looks like this. In small patches, 100m resolution, false color. But otherwise the landscapes are very similar
Anyways, this is what I love about seeing actual data. Things always behave at least a little different than you expect.
But I'm still not over how cool it is they had such detailed maps to show in the preview animation
Here's a frame from a minute later in the actual video after it slows on parachute and points down. You can see the same landmarks visible in the animation
Animation of heat shield jettison vs. actual picture of heat shield jettison
Perseverance if finally releasing ALL THE DATA so here's another RGB combination
Processed in Krita, data from https://mars.nasa.gov/mars2020/multimedia/raw-images/
Attempt at processing one of Percy's hazcams! Combining RGB, minor color adjustments, and undistorting in Krita and Darktable
Reminder that we can solve and fund any engineering problem we need to, whether it's landing gently on Mars or the logistics of medical supplies or resilient power grids. Not doing so is a choice
Also the animation in this is beautiful and I love how they could use the actual data of the landing area (I never get that in ocean stuff, slightly jealous)
In her Curiosity book, Emily Lakdawalla describes Curiosity as "the most challenging Mars atmospheric entry in history" because of the rover's size and the precision of the landing area, and now Percy's like "hold my beer"
Landing robots on Mars is wild. Something they mention in passing is that the flying saucer landing capsule uses itself as an airplane wing to steer to the landing site (at least Curiosity did this, doing little S curves to adjust distance)
My last act of 2020 was finishing the music video I shot four years ago
Trying to use machines to tell stories. Herding data for http://nautiluslive.org