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Columbia Hills 2.0

September 22nd, 2009
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18 months ago - I did two things.  I found the HiRISE DEM’s and I figured out how to use them.  However, time and hardware move on and I thought the 3rd martian birthday of Spirit and Opportunity was a good excuse to revisit the techniques involved and try and improve where I could, on that work of 2008.  Whilst I don’t think the end results are much improved, they are a bit different.  I’ve made it a little hazier to mark the moderate dust storm that helped to blow out the 3 birthday candles. An intro credit page to avoid it being badly credited and described if it’s repeated elsewhere has been bolted onto the beginning, and a map has been bolted onto the end.  A sound track courtesy of creative commons music.  And most importantly, Spirit in her current predicament, up to the wheel-hubs in dusty sandy hate inducing Mars soil.

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This then is my Columbia Hills, 2.0. My 130 second tribute to the teams that worked to produce data that documents our exploration. There is a 1920 x 1080 version, but it comes in at about 400 Meg.  If you want a copy, tell me how to get it to you without killing the UMSF server. :)

YouTube : http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E7Sce-EHTRs

Vimeo : http://www.vimeo.com/6705161

HD : 1280 x 720 86 Mb : Download

SD : 640 x 360 17 Mb : Download

Of course, the brilliant thing about data being made available for anyone to have a go at, is that no matter how you think about using it - someone else has got a different idea.  Purely by chance, Dr Mark Powell published a video a few days ago that takes both the HiRISE DEM, as well as near countless Navcam terrain wedges and merges them into one stunning interactive visualisation - see his work HERE.

That’s the thing with exploration, and the data it produces, you never know what you’re going to get next.

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