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Questions tagged [photography]

Questions on taking images in space or of spacecraft.

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Why is a corner of InSight's selfie cropped like this?

A couple days ago, InSight took a selfie from the surface of Mars: Image credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech Most articles about it note that the photo is a composite image, which you can figure out by looking ...
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Why not a “live” visual connection with Curiosity on Mars all the time?

Note: Got the idea for this question by @uhoh's question: "Has anything close to video ("live" or otherwise) been shot in space from beyond the Moon ? To have the "feeling" of a "live" connection ...
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Has anything close to video (“live” or otherwise) been shot in space from beyond the Moon?

It would be cool to see a short video clip of a rover's eye view of driving across mars. Just a few seconds even. In general, due to limitations in data storage space, bandwidth, and limited ...
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What are the “Boeing Lunar Orbiter spacecraft” from the 1960s? Why is “Boeing” in the name?

An October 2013 article in SpaceRef.com The New Race for the Moon says: Although LRO data remains unrestricted there is other evidence that NASA is worried about such data transfer to China. ...
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Did NASA remove four major photographic atlases of the Moon from its Technical Report Server? Gone for good, or just hype?

An October 2013 article in SpaceRef.com The New Race for the Moon says: "NASA's policy is to make data publicly available. I think that is a very noble policy. I do not see anything wrong with it," ...
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How can I de-fisheye NASA InSight raw images?

Some of the cameras on NASA's InSight lander have very wide angle FOVs by using very short focal length lenses. While complicated, large element-count lenses can correct for some of the distortion, ...
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What would be the equivalent camera performance specification of Earth-imaging satellites, compared to consumer DLSRs?

In order to better understand what Earth imaging cameras are like (as seen in Google Earth) from the point of view of a photographer, I've asked the following. Consumer-grade cameras like DSLRs, ...
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Was the “Earthrise” witnessed by Apollo 8 the first available “full” photo of the Earth?

Was the video/photos taken during the earth-rise on the Apollo 8 flight the first "blue marble"-esque photo? I've heard the image equated to the "earth's first selfie" and question the technical ...
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Why is so much of InSight visible in this image?

It seems really strange to me that there is so little visible of the surface in this image, it mostly appears to be the deck of InSight. Why is so little visible?
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What is this huge, red, blinking light structure on Earth seen from the ISS in this video?

The video ESA video Progress launch timelapse seen from space is of course striking for many reasons. However there is a strange, blinking light structure on Earth that's quite puzzling! I've added ...
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Should there be black crosses from the Réseau plate in this Apollo mission photograph? If so, where are they?

This answer to the question How did the Apollo astronauts change film in their cameras? mentions the Réseau plate, source of the beloved black crosses in Apollo photographs. I saw the question ...
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Has a lander/rover ever examined or photographed another mission?

Occasionally a lander or rover (manned or unmanned) will land close enough to a previous mission to enable examination or photographs of the previous mission to be taken by the new mission. What are ...
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Usage of Apollo Lunar Surface Hasselblad Camera with 500 mm lens?

Here is a list of photographic cameras used for Apollo 16. There were two Lunar Surface Data Hasselblads equipped with a 60 mm lens for both astronauts to be used with chest mounts to the space suits....
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Has the Earth's red atmosphere rim ever been photographed?

In the Wikipedia article on Lunar eclipse there's given an image of how the Earth would look from the eclipsed Moon: This is obviously a schematic drawing. So I wonder, has the Earth ever been ...
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Has the Earth's shadow on the Moon (lunar eclipse) ever been photographed from Space?

The questions Has the Moon's shadow on the Earth (solar eclipse) ever been photographed from beyond Earth orbit? Is this the only eclipse where Moon's shadow on the Earth (umbra) has been ...
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How does the ISS Transit Finder website get the position of the ISS so accurately?

The recent Petapixel article How to Shoot the ISS Flying Across the Face of the Moon gives a lot of detailed, helpful advice for photographing transits of the ISS across the disk of the Moon. For ...
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Where to look for newest images from Chang'e 3?

The tomorrow lunar eclipse is bound to look spectacular from the Moon - and as far as I know, Chang'e 3 is still fully operational, including its 3 high-definition stereo cameras. That means a chance ...
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Is the “Mars blue dune” actually blue? And what makes it so?

NASA recently released an image of a blue dune on Mars. The accompanying story seems to suggest to me that it is a false color image - some property of that part of the image is detected and rendered ...
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Can ISS astronauts see the lava from the Kilauea volcano at night?

The google news said "Lava from the Kilauea volcano can be seen from space" but it just links to the YouTube video of the same name. The screen shot of the video below shows a small ESA credit at the ...
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Did the medium range KTM tracking cameras for the Shuttle really have a “150 inch lens”?

The Curious Droid YouTube video How did NASA get those great film shots of Apollo and the Shuttle? found here and linked-to in this comment contains the following passage starting at ...
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How to determine rocket launch path for photography?

I want to start space launch photography and have been wondering how to get the path in frame. I have been looking at rocket paths and it seems like there is some kind of navigation that guides the ...
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Which space operators public or private, outside of NASA, allow usage of their space imagery?

NASA does not copyright their images and allows usage of their photos for free for many uses. There are a few restrictions on commercial use, primarily to keep current staff out of commercials. ...
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Why does the NOAA require a permit to be issued to stream images of the earth?

While reading this question, I was interested to learn that the NOAA requires a permit for any entity to film the earth from space. Is there any reason why such a policy is in place? Note: This ...
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Film emulsion on the moon-were the cameras heated?

Re: moon photos : What prevented the film emulsion in the camera used on the moon from freezing and cracking, or simply becoming insensitive from cold? Is film resistant to such extreme cold? What ...
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Why does NASA still use film cameras?

According to this video, NASA still operates some cameras for tracking rocket launches that use film: According to NASA, they even have some film cameras placed around their launch site loaded ...
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What is the FOV on the various Starman cameras?

I'm trying to find the Field of View of the cameras used by Starman. Anyone know what it was? Thanks!
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Can HiRISE photograph Starman?

On Oct 7, 2020, according to the latest predictions, the Tesla Roadster/ Starman will pass within 0.05 AU (7.4 million km). Could HiRISE image it with any success, and as anything but a dot?
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Why did DSCOVR increase its pictures rate on February 3rd 2018?

On February 3rd for some reason NASA tuned up DSCOVR to send images of the Earth every 20min instead of the regular 2 hours interval. Last time they did this was for the great USA solar eclipse, in ...
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Why are so many Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter images blank?

When downloading Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter LRO NAC images from the website https://pilot.wr.usgs.gov/ a significant portion of them have no useful data -- they have a sort of plaid pattern. Does ...
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Can we get different images of the Milky Way? Or solar system?

The orbits of the planets are coplanar. We send probes out along this plane to explore planets. Why can't we send a probe perpendicular to this plane (say due north from the earths perspective) and ...
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Color-correcting photos on Mars so that things look like they would on Earth - is it a big correction?

The message at the end of the very cool new NASA JPL video Curiosity at Martian Scenic Overlook says To aid geologists, colors in the image are white balanced so rocks appear the same color as the ...
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Has any lander or rover (besides Huygens) used a flood-light for photography?

I've asked about the flood-light that apparently was included on the Huygens lander in the question Did the Huygens lander have a flood-light for photography? Was it used?. Have there been any other ...
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Did the Huygens lander have a flood-light for photography? Was it used?

According to this cool answer the Huygens lander on Saturn's moon Titan had a flood light to aid in photography of the surface because of the very low ambient light levels due to the 9.5x farther ...
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What's the rationale behind the false colours in solar observation photographs? [closed]

Images from SOHO, SDO and other sun observatories are often coloured differently for different wavelengths or temperatures: http://www.nasa.gov/mission_pages/sunearth/science/Sun-Wavelength-Chart....
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Will they really be able to “see” OSIRIS-REx from Australia? With meteor cameras?

Thw news.com.au article NASA spacecraft to fly over Australia during Earth Gravity Assist manoeuvre has some interesting graphics (shown below). In the article is discussion of meteor cameras, and ...
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Can a satellite scan an entire continent to search for someone?

I've heard that Osama Bin Laden was first found via satellite. I was wondering if it is possible to have a satellite that can scan an entire continent and find a single person or terrorists without ...
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How many spacecraft have taken a “Pale Blue Dot” type photo of the Earth from beyond cis-lunar space?

How many spacecraft have taken a "Pale Blue Dot" type photo of the Earth from deep space? A "Pale Blue Dot" type photo would be a photo of the earth from far away; for the purposes of this question ...
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Has the Moon's shadow on the Earth (solar eclipse umbra) ever been photographed from beyond Earth orbit?

Here is a great answer with photos of the shadow of the moon on the Earth's surface (umbra) during a total solar eclipse, taken by real people in space, and links to even more of them. I think there's ...
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Two week mark; has Mayak (Маяк) been spotted yet? Reflector deployed? Astronomy “ruined”?

Deborah Byrd's article Have you seen the Mayak satellite? explains Mayak with a bit of humor: A team of young Russians – led by Moscow State Mechanical Engineering University (MAMI) – managed to ...
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Is this the only eclipse where Moon's shadow on the Earth (umbra) has been photographed by a person in space?

In this nice video musing about (among other things) the US Naval Observatory's $3,500 expedition to Baker City or at least Baker County Oregon to observe the June 18, 1918 solar eclipse, there is ...
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What is making the glow from this image of STS-135 going home, de-orbit burn or re-entry?

I found the image below in a NASA image gallery for 2014. There, the text only says: This unprecedented view of the space shuttle Atlantis, appearing like a bean sprout against clouds and city ...
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Has anyone seen an actual spectrum of a satellite made by an amateur photographer?

If you use a shallow wedge prism or very low dispersion diffraction grating (e.g. circa 100 lines/mm) front of a camera, you can photograph the spectra of stars with a modern DSLR camera with a fast, ...
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Is this the first photo of Jupiter's ring(s) from deep space?

The BBC news article Juno peers below Jupiter's clouds includes several very interesting images from the Juno spacecraft. The one below is a photo of Jupiter's faint ring. The article says: One ...
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Why doesn't a full/gibbous moon high in the sky ever seem to look orange? Shouldn't it? [closed]

The question Why does the Moon appear gray when passing between the Sun and the Earth? shows the famous "Moon photobombs Earth" image of the moon in front of the Earth taken from the EPIC camera on ...
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Are there ANY verified satellite images of visible light coherent backscattering from Earth?

Coherent backscattering is an optical phenomenon which is a bit complicated and as far as I know is pretty difficult to demonstrate in visible white light images. Image below from here. According to ...
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When was stereoscopic photography first used intentionally on solar system body?

I have stumbled across the fascinating page Photogrammetric Analysis Of Apollo 11 Imagery: New camera-station map with improved locations at the following website: https://www.hq.nasa.gov/alsj/a11/...
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Where can I find high quality “descent” photos at as many different altitudes as possible?

I'm working on a graphical simulation and I'd like to get the "look and feel" to seem as realistic as possible. Other than Apollo landing videos (which seem pretty limited and low quality obviously) ...
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Which Apollo “mystery” was said to be finally solved by a better rendering engine?

I remember reading several years ago about a mystery or puzzle about a photograph from an Apollo moon landing mission that had to do with why someone's suit was as bright as it was in the photo. There ...
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Why doesn't Rayleigh Scattering obstruct Earth from space?

When looking at the day sky, you see a solid blue, with no stars, Moon only rarely, barely visible. But photos of Earth show clear colors of the continents, yellow Sahara, green amazon forests. There'...
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What's the story behind this Apollo-era image?

This photo has been bothering me for quite a while, so I decided to look into it further. It is shown in Wikipedia's Opposition Surge article, which is a fascinating topic that I'd like to avoid here ...