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Questions tagged [photography]

Questions on taking images in space or of spacecraft.

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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 ...
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What is the highest resolution of infrared photography of Earth available from satellites?

What is the best resolution of infrared photo taken from space of earth? Is it possible to see on this picture, for example, animals or humans (temperature of body is different than ground)? Is it ...
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Taking detailed photos of satellites using laser illumination

Is it possible to illuminate a satellite (LEO) using a ground based laser or other kind of light sources (visible light LED Array with mirrors) and then take a detailed photo of satellite? also a ...
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Most distant photo of the sun?

What is the most distant photo taken of our sun? I am guessing it may be from Voyager 1, but can't find an actual photo anywhere.
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How did Apollo 16 capture this full photograph of the Moon's far side?

Apollo 16 famously photographed the far side of the Moon, as seen below. This seems odd to me. Apollo 16 orbited the Moon at an orbit of only 100 km. It seems too close to get this kind of a ...
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Cassini's camera continuum band filters

In The Pod Bay, we were talking about some pictures that Cassini took of Enceladus recently. We were discussing the calibration pictures and the filters that the spacecraft uses. A NASA FAQ page for ...
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Picture of equipment left on the Moon?

When people visited the Moon, they left sizeable items behind. I know that taking picture of this from Earth is incredibly hard, but: Did someone try? And what pictures do we have?
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What did the sky actually look like from the Moon?

All the photographs I've seen from the Apollo missions show lunar features in good detail and exposure. This of course means that the shutter is not open long enough for light from stars to develop on ...
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How did the Apollo astronauts change film in their cameras?

Part of Apollo astronaut training was learning to be a pretty good photographer without a viewfinder. The Hasselblad 500EL Data Camera used magazines with 160 color/200 B&W exposures on 70mm film. ...
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Have any of the rovers ever recorded a solar eclipse on Mars?

I've heard a rumor that Curiosity rover sent a recording about Phobos covering the Sun on the Martian sky. Did it happen? If yes, how frequently could such things be recorded?
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Have there been any photos taken of a total Earth-Sun eclipse from the Moon, or its vicinity?

There's a supermoon lunar eclipse ongoing right now (Sept. 27/28, 2015), and it got me thinking that a great way to show to people why the Moon is reddish -- when eclipsed by the Earth -- would be if ...
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How do astronauts take pictures from outside the ISS?

I've seen multiple images taken from outside the Space Station like this one or this one and even timelapses from far outside showing the solar panels moving over time. Is there a satellite ...
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Is the Hubble's orbit larger than that of the moon?

I have seen this picture: from "Hubble telescope Photos" and was wondering how they managed to get both the moon and the earth in the same frame for a shot (a relative position/orbit circles would ...
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Where are the pictures during the time the pictures are sent from space to home?

Obviously the pics aren't floating around, but how can I explain this to a 10 year old?
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How many extraterrestrial bodies have hosted a “lander” which returned images?

For the purposes of this question, we will consider a "lander" any probe which was sent to the surface of an extraterrestrial body or entered the atmosphere to a point which exceeds an air pressure of ...
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The Doppler effect on light when space probes take pictures

When space probes like New Horizon's are traveling towards their target & they take photographs of their target en-route, does the incoming light need to be adjusted for the Doppler effect because ...
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Single-shot Blue Marble pictures

I was quite surprised to read in today's Earth Observatory Picture of the Day that the DSCOVR spacecraft, currently en route to the $L_1$ Lagrange point, will be the first spacecraft able to see the ...
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How many photographs are there of the whole Earth?

Most of the representations of the Earth from space that one sees are inventions, meant to clearly show the things people most want to see - the outlines of the continents, instead of mostly clouds as ...
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Considerations for Taking Photos from CubeSat in LEO

When taking photos in space with consumer grade cameras modules, what factors need to be taken into account? For example, is auto-focus needed? Will the photos end up washed out because of the ...
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Do adaptive optics work the other way around?

Could the current technology used in adaptive optics to see far into the sky, be used to improve satellite or even aerial photographs?
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What are the small crosses on space pictures, and what's their purpose?

Often I see small crosses on space pictures like this. They are regularly spaced, thin and black. What are them? What's their purpose?
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When approaching target planets/moons, how frequently do spacecrafts take photographs?

When a spacecraft approaches its target (whatever is it a moon or a planet), how do they take photographs about it? Do they take as much as possible, or just in certain situations? What does it ...
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Has there been any mission to land on a planet or moon in the Outer Solar System?

Are there any planets or moons in the Outer Solar System, where a man-made object has landed and made photographs of its surface? I can remember an article somewhere that said there's only one moon ...
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Why is taking a picture of the moon surface from earth possible but taking one of an artificial satellite is difficult?

After reading this question and seeing an image of ISS shot from earth, a doubt came in mind that if shooting moon from earth with high details is possible, why is it difficult to shoot artificial ...
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Is photography from a satellite good enough to make out a person on the ground?

When I first saw Google Maps satellite view many years ago, I remember being greatly impressed (and somewhat surprised) with the image quality, considering the photographs came from up there in space. ...
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Download all Curiosity photos?

I'm interested in downloading all of the Curiosity rover photos. Is there some sort of automated way to do this?
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What are the black and white circular patterns on the Curiosity rover?

On the Mars Curiosity rover, there are black and white circular patterns or marks spaced around the rover, as seen here marked in lime green:     What are these? If I had to guess, ...
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Who took the Curiosity rover's self-portrait photo from the surface of Mars?

Curiosity is missing an arm, can you help us find it? The self-portrait photograph of the Curiosity rover from the Gale Crater is probably one of the most well known ones of this particular rover of ...