[extropy-chat] Re: SPACE: where are we?

Amara Graps amara at amara.com
Tue Feb 17 11:23:54 UTC 2004

Alan Eliasen quoting Jim Bell:
>He says,
>"Ultimately you are right that people will need the calibrated data to do
>the color balancing correctly. We are working on doing that and will
>eventually get all those images out to the public using the NASA/JPL
>"Planetary Image Atlas" web site. It will take several months or more to get
>the work done, however. In the meantime, we thought it would be best to get
>*something* out there, and so that's why we opted to get the raw data out
>fast, even though it's still raw."

OK, I don't disagree with this, and I do see what Jim is trying to do,
but beware (I would say, more, *don't*) trying to do science with raw
astronomy data that is not calibrated, processed  etc. (Camera images might
be one of the  few astronomy raw data products in which _something_
can be seen, so you are lucky.) Enjoy the pictures, in other words.


Amara Graps, PhD
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