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On Headings, Courses, and Marks

June 14, 2010 Leave a comment

I’ve been a Reddit member for the past 3 years now, but only recently did I discover the /r/StarTrek  subreddit.   I came across a comment about how “bearing 310 mark 215” came up unusually often throughout the different Star Trek series.

“Oh, really?” I wondered.

Lately I’ve been trying to learn to write Android apps but I quickly found that I needed a refresher in Java.   I learned C++ and Java in college, like many CS students, but aside from a short stint with C# at work,  my knowledge of the language has waned over the years.    When I revisited that post on Reddit a few days later, I came up with an idea to bring everything together: Read more…


More 3D Phoenix Mars Lander pictures

June 6, 2008 Leave a comment

Over the last couple weeks, I’ve put together over two dozen anaglyphs from Sol 0 (landing) through Sol 11.  I’m particularly satisfied with the results of this Sol 11 picture:


All the images can be seen in my Flickr set. And Flickr members (free!) can enjoy the images in their full glory–up to 1024×1024 resolution!

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Phoenix Mars Lander footpad in 3D: Take 2

May 27, 2008 Leave a comment

Phoenix Mars lander footpad in 3D (better version)

This is much better.  Credit goes to this page for the PaintShopPro-specific how-to.

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NASA Phoenix Mars Lander in 3D

May 26, 2008 Leave a comment
phx_sol000_001 Phoenix Mars lander footpad in 3D (better version)

This won’t be as compelling as those beautiful pseudo-color panoramas that the fine folks at JPL and the University of Arizona will be putting together in the next couple days.  Nevertheless, this 3D image I’ve put together gives you a sense of standing in the northern polar region of Mars and looking down at your feet.  Click on the image to get the full-size version from Flickr.

The picture is composed from images (1,2) captured by both cameras of the Surface Stereo Imager on Sol 0.  I used Paint Shop Pro to merge the images and an old pair of cardboard red-and-blue 3D glasses to test the results.

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