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Attitudes

Yesterday the ESA ROSETTA team released another batch of images, and again they show 67P in all its glory. I tried my new photo processing technique on them, and that turned out pretty well…

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Now, that second image there is definitely one of my favourite views so far, I am VERY pleased with that, I don’t mind admitting. Love the flow of the landscape and the quality of the light. Hope some of you like it too.

Of course, these are processed navcam images, not high quality OSIRIS images. Those are still being horded by the OSIRIS team. Many of us following the mission had hoped that the attitude of the team would change after the New Year, that maybe some time away from their computers and equipment would give them a new perspective on things, but naaaah, that hasn’t happened. They’re still keeping their precious images to themselves.

This morning NASA released some images taken by its Mars Exploration Rover “Opportunity”. Taken just hours earlier – read that again, I said HOURS EARLIER – they show the rover’s robot arm held up so the US flag is positioned in front of the camera. Why? Because Opportunity has just scaled a steep hill on Mars, and that picture, in a way, showed Opportunity “planting the flag” on the summit of Cape Tribulation.

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I think that’s a lovely picture, I really do. It’s very symbolic. What could be more symbolic than an explorer raising a flag on the surface of another world? But it struck me in another way, too. It brought home to me the stark difference between the NASA MER team and the European OSIRIS team. The MER team basically “get it”, they realise the importance and value of providing the media and the public with images which will touch and inspire people, and communicate, to both media and public, the excitement and wonder of their mission. So they took pictures on Mars and generously released them to the world mere hours later, and the world was grateful, Sharing and reTweeting the pictures everywhere, spreading the word about the mission and celebrating it. That’s in stark contrast to the arrogant, selfish OSIRIS team, which is taking stunning images of its own but simply refusing to release any of them, not even the ones which must show nothing scientifically explosive or enlightening.

Isn’t it incredible how two teams of scientists, both working in the same field, both on the frontier of exploration, both working with public money, could have such different attitudes to the their fellow scientists, the media and the public?

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2 Responses

  1. Beautiful images from the comet 67 p. !!! Thank you for posting, Mark

  2. […] angeschaut. Auch ein Gipfel-Sturm von Opportunity trotz Gedächtnisproblemen (mehr, mehr, mehr, mehr und mehr), ein neuer Projektwissenschaftler für Curiosity, wilde Spekulationen über die […]

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