The Planetary Fall Issue Explains the Use of Lasers in Astronomical Observations

Published By : 05 Nov 2014 | Published By : QYRESEARCH

Paul Schenk observes and studies the surface geologic histories and features of the outer planets’ icy moons and using vital data and spacecraft imaging methods he also creates maps of the object moons. 

Paul is recently working with Cassini images of Saturn’s icy satellites and has found something that is certainly astonishing and unexpected. He found bright, bluish spots scattered around the equator of Rhea. Based on his findings he then dialed up these colors in the images of those moons. The complexities present in the surfaces of the moons are not visible to use in natural wavelengths (red-to-blue). 

Paul describes his study and discovery in “Blue Pearls for Rhea” where he shares the electronic techniques used to map projects that inspired him.   

Also, the three successful years of formal data collection has commended MESSENGER with good rewards. MESSENGER has lived up by delivering new, abundant, and surprising data and information on the planet Mercury for the past three years. Rebecca Thomas describes the small features and hollows of Mercury in “Missives from MESSENGER.” Some of the discoveries have helped reshape and understand the innermost planet’s movements and formations, including the entire solar system.  

All such discoveries and collective efforts have ensured the future of NASA’s planetary exploration program in late summer. Jim Bell was invited to affirm the program before the U.S. House of Representatives Subcommittee on Space. 

Bruce Betts described the overall collaboration of these new projects through laser equipment that helps to stabilize and accurately calibrate all detections of Exoplanets over long time periods. These laser devices also help to track down Earth repairs to Optical SETI observatory.
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