Category Archives: Spacing

How to Make a Martian Fly-Over Animation With QGIS

Example result over Echus Chasma

Our planet Earth is a wondrous place to be mapped about, but with the advance of technology and the launch of different spacecrafts, there is an interesting venture and a new research field for mapping enthusiasts, another planet.

Mars, as the most similar to our Earth and also a destination of a lot of planetary mission (some of them are scheduled to be launched/ had just launched this year) has been mapped a lot more compared to other planetary bodies. These vast data are fortunately available open-source to us and can be utilised for both scientific purposes and for fun.

I will guide to you make a simple Martian fly-over animation using a mapping software QGIS, instead of using animation software like Blender.

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3-D Print Your Planet (and Space-Related Objects)

[Updated 5 June 2019]

Writing this as it’s still fresh in mind (looking at a lot of drafts sitting in my notebook) as well as for the next print if any. I can and will update this, but for now, it’s publishable in my standard.

I have just obtained an opportunity to do outreach. It’s a very interesting event, and as I previously have obtained a 3-D print of Gale Crater, I was very interested to create a print of my area of research (still Mars, but more to the south)

 

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The print in question. As blurry as it can get  Anyone can guess what this is?

 

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How to: GDAL with Martian Data

I’ve seen a lot of tutorial on working with GDAL with Earth data, but not a lot for planetary data, Mars included. As I use GDAL a lot (and in need of reminder myself), why not write a how-to with Martian data.

MOLA, but in different projections (https://core2.gsfc.nasa.gov/PGDA/images/MarsTopography_GMM3.jpeg, https://astrogeology.usgs.gov/search/map/Mars/GlobalSurveyor/MOLA/Mars_MGS_MOLA_ClrShade_merge_global_463m)

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Mempersiapkan Penjelajahan Ke Luar Angkasa, Dari Bumi

Untuk melakukan penjelajahan di bumi, faktor-faktor seperti arah, posisi, dan cuaca merupakan faktor yang penting saat mempersiapkan perjalanan. Dengan menggunakan sistem navigasi dan peta, serta ramalan cuaca yang akurat hingga 2 derajat per harinya[1], kita dapat mempersiapkan rute perjalanan kita untuk mendatangi lokasi yang kita inginkan di permukaan bumi, dalam kondisi perjalanan yang terbaik. Di bumi saja, kita terbiasa untuk mempersiapkan perjalanan kita, untuk melakukan penjelajahan ke luar angkasa, di tata surya kita, bahkan di alam semesta, dunia yang misterius dan jauh berbeda kondisinya dengan bumi kita, tentu jauh lebih banyak data dan persiapan yang dibutuhkan.

Bukan persiapan seperti ini (simonemadeit.com)

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ESAC (European Space Astronomy Centre)

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ESA logo on the wall

I think when people say space agency, their mind will first go to NASA, the USA space agency, actually there are a lot more space agencies out there!
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