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A Movie of Triton Made From Voyager 2's Fly-by 25 Years Ago

Soulskill posted about 3 months ago | from the pretty-pictures dept.

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schwit1 writes: Using restored images taken by Voyager 2 when it flew past Neptune's moon Triton 25 years ago, scientists have produced a new map and flyby movie of the moon. "The new Triton map has a resolution of 1,970 feet (600 meters) per pixel. The colors have been enhanced to bring out contrast but are a close approximation to Triton's natural colors. Voyager's "eyes" saw in colors slightly different from human eyes, and this map was produced using orange, green and blue filter images. ... Although Triton is a moon of a planet and Pluto is a dwarf planet, Triton serves as a preview of sorts for the upcoming Pluto encounter. Although both bodies originated in the outer solar system, Triton was captured by Neptune and has undergone a radically different thermal history than Pluto. Tidal heating has likely melted the interior of Triton, producing the volcanoes, fractures and other geological features that Voyager saw on that bitterly cold, icy surface. Pluto is unlikely to be a copy of Triton, but some of the same types of features may be present." Dr. Paul Schenk provides provides further information on his blog, and the movie can be viewed here.

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I was two years old when this happened (3, Interesting)

Anonymous Coward | about 3 months ago | (#47731337)

And now I'm working on New Horizons... What a trip.

How much, and other questions (-1, Flamebait)

justthinkit (954982) | about 3 months ago | (#47731927)

How much did this movie cost?

Might it be one of the most expensive movies ever?

How is it worth what it cost?

How do we determine how much to spend on stuff with little or no payback?

Re:How much, and other questions (2)

Rob Riggs (6418) | about 3 months ago | (#47732315)

Might it be one of the most expensive movies ever?

Asks an ignorant troll...

Considering it was made with 25 year old footage, it was probably one of the cheapest movies ever made.

The U.S. spends $324 billion dollars a year on entertainment*. tThe cost of the Voyager II program ($865 million dollars*) over 40 years is equal to about 22 millon dollars per year. A drop in the bucket. The Pioneer and Voyager missions have spawned an entire cottage industry of "science-based edutainment shows" on TV like "Through the Wormhole" and "Cosmos". That program has paid for itself many, many times over.

How do we determine how much to spend on stuff with little or no payback?

I have no idea. [cnn.com] But the Voyager mission has certainly paid for itself many times over.

*CONSUMER EXPENDITURES--2012; U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics [bls.gov]

**Voyager, The Interstallar Mission; NASA [nasa.gov]

Trying to keep up (-1)

Anonymous Coward | about 3 months ago | (#47732619)

So asking questions now equals trolling?

Re:Trying to keep up (3, Funny)

Rob Riggs (6418) | about 3 months ago | (#47732809)

So asking questions now equals trolling?

Sure. Sometimes.

How much does it cost to screw your mom? Is it true that she is a cheap whore?

(Note to mods: I am being instructive here.)

Re:Trying to keep up (1)

bev_tech_rob (313485) | about 3 months ago | (#47732921)

So asking questions now equals trolling?

As Mr. Riggs said, yes sometimes.... The way you posed your questions implied that the money could have been better spent elsewhere and was a waste on this effort.

Re:Trying to keep up (1)

bev_tech_rob (313485) | about 3 months ago | (#47732929)

Sorry....was referencing Justthinkit's questions...

Re:Trying to keep up (-1)

Anonymous Coward | about 3 months ago | (#47733135)

Yes, especially if you question anything at all to do with space.

Re:How much, and other questions (1)

Paradise Pete (33184) | about 3 months ago | (#47734257)

You make it sound like the only purpose of the project was to take these photos.

My cynical expectation is that you will now reply belittling the rest of the project as well, simply because to do so supports your silly notion and therefore you're not "wrong."

Server overload... (5, Funny)

Arkh89 (2870391) | about 3 months ago | (#47731399)

Just have to wait another 25 years to see the movie...

Re:Server overload... (2)

sinij (911942) | about 3 months ago | (#47731455)

No surprise ending - the main character rides off to sunset over horizon.

slashdotted? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 3 months ago | (#47731697)

oh my. this hasn't happened for a long time.

Re:Server overload... (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 3 months ago | (#47731753)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qhD_mpaEOu0

Re:Server overload... (1)

dinfinity (2300094) | about 3 months ago | (#47733797)

It's on Youtube too:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?... [youtube.com]

They could have filtered out the CbCr noise first, though. (NeatImage does this very effectively)

Shameless Plug (3, Interesting)

RogueVogon (3793307) | about 3 months ago | (#47731441)

This video just reminds me a lot of SpaceEngine. It's a fantastic, free Windows program that lets you fly to different moons/planets/stars/galaxies and even build your own worlds. en.spaceengine.org Thought some of you might be interested.

OMG, it's full of static stars! (0)

Tablizer (95088) | about 3 months ago | (#47731445)

Why are the stars in the same spot? Looks suspicious. If they can't do the star field authentically, then better to leave it black.

Re:OMG, it's full of static stars! (2)

WinterSolstice (223271) | about 3 months ago | (#47732267)

I gotta agree. I mean, we know that they just made a sphere and mapped the photos onto it as a texture, but I would have preferred them to use either no star map or whatever was visible in the real photos.

NASA doing crappy CGI just makes it harder to convince people of the real stuff.

Re:OMG, it's full of static stars! (3, Funny)

The Grim Reefer (1162755) | about 3 months ago | (#47733127)

Obviously it was faked. Just like the moon landing. Here's all the proof you need [stuffucanuse.com]

Re:OMG, it's full of static stars! (1)

WinterSolstice (223271) | about 3 months ago | (#47733259)

I was expecting a troll - got a hilarious troll-tolling site instead. Very nice :)

Re:OMG, it's full of static stars! (1)

Provocateur (133110) | about 3 months ago | (#47734017)

It's fine, it was waaay easier to do my own voice over ...the final frontier...these are the voyages of the starship Enterprise...

Alternate site (1)

Anonymous Coward | about 3 months ago | (#47731501)

space.com [space.com] also has the video. Although you have to put up with the ads, they seem to have more bandwidth than the original site does, which I'm still waiting on for the download.

Love those false horizons, doctored images. (-1)

Anonymous Coward | about 3 months ago | (#47731569)

NASA has doctored every single image it has ever released. Yes that's correct. Every single image that NASA has ever made public has been airbrushed.

Fuck the Nazi NASA (See project paperclip), and their hording of knowledge, truth, and constant lying to the public which funds their entire existence.

Oh you didn't know NASA was ran by Nazis at the highest levels?

Re:Love those false horizons, doctored images. (2)

Tablizer (95088) | about 3 months ago | (#47731685)

They have to in order to remove the "Copyright Google Maps" watermark.

Re:Love those false horizons, doctored images. (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 3 months ago | (#47732525)

"Was ran"? Seriously? Learn the difference between past participle and past tense and maybe people will take you seriously, you fucking dolt.

Triton is different from other moons (5, Informative)

ShanghaiBill (739463) | about 3 months ago | (#47731671)

The summary mentions that Triton used to be a dwarf planet, in its own orbit, but was captured by Neptune. The reason we believe this, is because Triton orbits in the wrong direction. No other large moon in the solar system has a retrograde orbit. If it formed from the same dust cloud as the planet it orbits, or formed from other orbiting debris (as Luna did after Earth's collision with Theia [wikipedia.org] ), then it would orbit in the same direction. It is also one of the few moons with a detectable atmosphere (mostly nitrogen), and also one of only a few with geologic activity, including liquid nitrogen geysers. About a third of its mass is water, although all is believed to be frozen.

Direct YouTube link (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 3 months ago | (#47731795)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nrhYZ6pU0-s

Neptune All Night (1)

davidwr (791652) | about 3 months ago | (#47731815)

Available on YouTube [youtube.com] .

How about a new trip to Triton (1)

Mister Liberty (769145) | about 3 months ago | (#47731881)

Or is that too waiting on a design competition for human settlement and colonization.

What's all that green stuff? (1)

neo-mkrey (948389) | about 3 months ago | (#47732087)

Moldy cheese me thinks.

Z not communo-zed (1)

Impy the Impiuos Imp (442658) | about 3 months ago | (#47733743)

""The new Triton map has a resolution of 1,970 feet (600 meters) per pixel."

Yeah, America! That's in feet, not communist metric! Pixel res of 1970 feet per. What accuracy! Go suck a steak in cream, you metric surrender monkeys!

Amazing (1)

hcs_$reboot (1536101) | about 3 months ago | (#47735023)

...what we could do 25 years ago.

Re:Amazing (1)

Tablizer (95088) | about 3 months ago | (#47740121)

from a probe built in the mid 70s.

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