Exposing PseudoAstronomy

October 1, 2015

A New Interview and New Movie from New Horizons Data


Quick post before I get back to work (next podcast episode hopefully out this weekend).

First up, I was interviewed live for about 100 minutes on this past Sunday on David Livingston’s “The Space Show.” We spent the first half talking about my research (impact craters) and the second half about the education & public outreach that I do. Since it was live, and a call-in show, there was one call and many e-mailed questions that I responded to. There’s also an associated blog, so you can comment on the interview there if you wish.

Second, NASA has put out a press release about Charon (Pluto’s largest companion). There is a flyover animation of some of its many varied features, and I was the one who made the animation.

We have images of some areas of Charon from two different vantage points, as New Horizons flew by the body, and so we have a very, very early digital terrain / elevation model (DTM). I was able to use this in a non-exaggerated view of what it would be like to fly low through its massive canyon.

It looks a bit like an early 3D video game because of the somewhat low resolution, but I think it’s still pretty neat, and we should get better quality over the next few months as we better understand the surface and camera models.

3 Comments »

  1. It looks like you are having some impact. (I know you probably hear this lame joke a thousand times a day).

    Comment by ericclarinet — October 1, 2015 @ 1:19 pm | Reply

  2. The movie was lots of fun to watch. Got notice about it earlier today from my Pluto Safari app.

    By the way, have the interviews and movies gotten SGU expressing any interest in talking to you? I know you were hoping they’d want to have you on their show, but they seem kind of detached from the scientific community, with the exception of neuroscience. Maybe they don’t have any points of contact? They haven’t talked to Phil Plait in a while, so I’m not sure who they could go through for geology and/or astronomy contacts. They seem to have George Hrab on every 5th or 6th episode, so they obviously want guests.

    Comment by Rick K. — October 1, 2015 @ 7:46 pm | Reply

    • Nada.😦

      Comment by Stuart Robbins — October 2, 2015 @ 5:13 pm | Reply


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