COOL IMAGES: Planetary Immersion

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Science  05 Mar 1999:
Vol. 283, Issue 5407, pp. 1411
DOI: 10.1126/science.283.5407.1411c

Give a computer guy some Voyager data, and you just might turn him into an astronomy nut. That's what happened to Calvin J. Hamilton, an image-processing expert who started playing around with raw NASA data in 1993 and was inspired to create Views of the Solar System, a Web site that offers a “vivid multimedia adventure unfolding the sun, planets, moons, comets, asteroids, and more.” The site is packed with pictures and movies: from a cutout of Europa's innards, to flyovers that take you roaring across otherworldly mountain landscapes, to this pretty image of Saturn's rings (one of many that Hamilton made himself). “Views” also offers background info on the planets, a glossary, and a smattering of space exploration history.

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