Jules Verne Voyager: Information Sources

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Overview     Since the Jules Verne Voyager is based on the functionality of GMT (Generic Mapping Tools, developed and maintained by Paul Wessel and Walter H. F. Smith), data sets which are already in GMT format can be added very quickly. Some of the data sets listed here were already in a GMT format, others had to be massaged somewhat.

To date, planetary datasets and images have been obtained from these and other sources:

For more details and other data sources, see the specific world below.

 


Map sites     To compare our planetary Voyager interactive maps with other mapping sites (last checked on 6 Feb 2011), try :

 

basic resources:

interactive map and map creation sites:

3D visualization, map, and image resource sites:

 



Earth    


PaleoEarth    

  • Paleogeograph images/paleogeology: Provided by:
    • Ron Blakey, Northern Arizona University; see Dr. Blakey's paleogeography web site; Dr. Blakey kindly provided UNAVCO with higher resolution map images than can be found on his web site.


Moon    

  • Surface images/Geophysics/Geology: Surface image maps, geophysical and geologic datasets obtained from:

  • IAU Gazetteer names

  • Missions:
    • See Planetary Missions for more information sources on USSR Luna; USA Ranger, Surveyor, Apollo, Lunar Prospector, and other missions.


Mercury    

  • Surface images: Surface image maps obtained from:
    • The current default image is the 28 Oct 2011 mosaic from the Messenger MDIS orbiter phase, produced by NASA, Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory, Carnegie Institution of Washington; this mosiac is more than 99.9% complete. A earlier Messenger MDIS mosaic, released 8 Sep 2011, is also provided. See MESSENGER Global Mosaics of Mercury
    • Another earler mosaic is from the Messenger M1 - M3 flybys (14 Jan 2008, 6 Oct 2008, 29 Sep 2009), filling in with the earlier Mariner 10 flybys (29 Mar 1974, 21 Sep 1974, 16 Mar 1975), obtained from the USGS's PDS MAP-A-PLANET site, specifically Map-a-Planet: Explore Mercury
    • The early general image of the surface from Mariner 10 flyby coverage was obtained from Mark Robinson's Mercury Mariner 10 Image Project, specifically: the 10.1 MB TIFF shaded relief map USGS I-1149, 1979, created by USGS Flagstaff from Mariner 10 data (see also Mariner 10 Mercury Shaded Relief Map)

  • IAU Gazetteer names


Venus    


Mars    


Phobos    

  • Surface image/Geophysics/Geology: Surface image maps, geophysical and geologic datasets obtained from:
    • The greytone mosaic of Mars Express imagery, with some filling in from Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter/HiRISE and Viking imagery, was created and kindly allowed to be used here by Philip Stooke, 2010
    • The second greytone mosaic using Mars Express imagery exclusively, and the corresponding radius map/shape model, was created by Deutschen Zentrum für Luft- und Raumfahrt (DLR)
    • The older greytone mosaic of Viking imagery was obtained from David Seal's Solar System Simulator, specifically: the 0.9 MB TIFF created from Viking orbiter data.
    • The Viking radius map image was obtained from Calvin Hamilton's Topographic Map of Phobos, by A. Tayfun Oner, based on a Viking data shape model of Philip Stooke.

  • IAU Gazetteer names


Deimos    

  • Surface image/Geophysics/Geology: Surface image maps, geophysical and geologic datasets obtained from:
    • The greytone mosaic of Viking and Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter/HiRISE imagery was created and kindly allowed to be used here by Philip Stooke, 2010; see 0.4 MB JPEG
    • The older greytone mosaic of Viking imagery was obtained from David Seal's Solar System Simulator, specifically: the 0.7 MB TIFF created from Viking orbiter data.
    • The Viking radius map image was obtained from Calvin Hamilton's Topographic Map of Deimos, by A. Tayfun Oner, based on a Viking data shape model of Philip Stooke.

  • IAU Gazetteer names


Vesta    


Ceres    


Jupiter    


Amalthea    

  • Surface images: Surface image maps obtained from:
    • The Voyager and Galileo mosaic of the surface was obtained from Wm. Robert Johnston's Planetary maps; based on a shaded relief map by Philip Stooke, colorized by Johnston to approximate those in the Voyager images.

  • IAU Gazetteer names


Io    


Europa    


Ganymede    

  • Surface image: Surface image maps obtained from:
    • The color and greytone Galileo and Voyager mosaics of the surface are from from the USGS PDS MAP-A-PLANET: Explore Ganymede tool, 1.0-4.0 km/pixel resolution.
    • The Galileo and Voyager greytone mosaics of the surface was made available by the USGS/Flagstaff to Robert Pappalardo (CU Boulder), 1.0-4.0 km/pixel resolution for the Galileo mosaic and 0.4-0.9 km/pixel resolution for the Voyager mosaic.
    • The Galileo plus Voyager color mosaics of the surface was obtained from Björn Jónsson's planetary rendering site, specifically: 0.4 MB JPEG, ~9 km/pixel resolution.

  • IAU Gazetteer names


Callisto    

  • Surface image: Surface image maps obtained from:
    • The Galileo greytone mosaics of the surface was made available by the USGS/Flagstaff to Robert Pappalardo (CU Boulder), 1.0 and 4.0 km/pixel resolutions; the higher resolution image is nominally equivalent to what is now available on the USGS PDS MAP-A-PLANET: Explore Callisto tool.
    • The Voyager 2 color mosaic of the surface was obtained from Björn Jónsson's planetary rendering site, specifically: 0.4 MB JPEG, ~8.5 km/pixel resolution.

  • IAU Gazetteer names


Saturn    

  • Atmospheric: Atmospheric image maps obtained from:
    • The Cassini and Voyager mosaic of the atmosphere was obtained from Björn Jónsson's planetary rendering site, specifically: 1 MB JPEG
    • The Voyager 1 and 2 mosaic of the atmosphere was obtained from Jónsson's earlier 2002 texture map (no longer available on Jónsson's planetary rendering site).


Janus    

  • Surface images: Surface image maps obtained from:

  • IAU Gazetteer names


Epimetheus    


Mimas    


Enceladus    


Tethys    


Dione    


Rhea    


Titan    

  • Surface image/Geophysics/Geology: Surface image maps, geophysical and geologic datasets obtained from:
    • The two Cassini/ISS mosaics of the surface are from Cassini Imaging Central Laboratory for Operations (CICLOPS), Space Science Institute: PIA14908 and PIA11149, both with ~4 km/pixel resolution at the equator.
    • Another Cassini/ISS mosaics of the surface was obtained from Steve Albers's Planetary Maps (Global Images) (part of NOAA's Science on a Sphere project).
    • The Cassini/SAR (synthetic aperture radar) swath maps (swaths up through flyby T77, and swaths up through flyby T71 overlain on a Cassini/ISS mosaic) are from Titan RADAR SAR Swaths by Jason Perry, Lunar and Planetary Laboratory, Planetary Image Research Laboratory.
    • The Cassini/radar height measurements plus infrared VIMS background and globally-splined topography are from Cassini Shapes First Global Topographic Map of Titan, NASA/JPL-Caltech/ASI/JHUAPL/Cornell/Weizmann; PIA16849 and PIA16848
    • A colorized surface texture map and a specular map, based on Cassini/ISS mosaics, were obtained from Fridger Schrempp's Titan texture maps (9.6 MB zip).

  • IAU Gazetteer names

  • Missions:
    • See Planetary Missions for more information sources on NASA/ESA Cassini-Huygens probe mission.


Iapetus    


Phoebe    


Uranus    

  • Atmospheric: Atmospheric image maps obtained from:
    • Uranus's atmospheric mosaic was obtained from James Hastings-Trew's rendering site, specifically: 9 KB JPG — based on the Jan 1986 Voyager 2 flyby and later Hubble Space Telescope images, with contrast enhancement to show variation of color from equator to poles.


Ariel    

  • Surface images: Surface image maps obtained from:

  • IAU Gazetteer names


Umbriel    


Titania    

  • Surface images: Surface image maps obtained from:
    • The Voyager 2 mosaic of the surface was obtained from Steve Albers's Planetary Maps (Global Images) (part of NOAA's Science on a Sphere project); original dataset from the USGS and JPL, reprocessed additions by Ted Stryk and Steve Albers.

  • IAU Gazetteer names


Oberon    


Miranda    

  • Surface images: Surface image maps obtained from:
    • The Voyager 2 mosaic of the surface was obtained from Wm. Robert Johnston's Planetary maps; original dataset from the USGS, colorized by Johnston to approximate those in Voyager 2 images.

  • IAU Gazetteer names


Neptune    


Triton    

  • Surface images: Surface image maps obtained from:
    • The original Voyager 2 mosaic of the surface was obtained from Steve Albers's Planetary Maps (Global Images) (part of NOAA's Science on a Sphere project); original dataset from JPL, reprocessed by Wm. Robert Johnston and A. Tayfun Oner, intensity adjusted by Albers.
    • An updated Voyager 2 mosaic of the surface was obtained from Paul Schenk's Icy Moons: Triton

  • IAU Gazetteer names


Proteus    

  • Surface images: Surface image maps obtained from:
    • The Voyager 2 mosaic of the surface and the topographic map was obtained from Calvin J. Hamilton's Views of the Solar System; shaded relief map by Philip Stooke, and topographic map by A. Tayfun Oner based on a shape model by Dr. Stooke.

  • IAU Gazetteer names


Pluto    

  • Surface images: Surface image maps obtained from:
    • New Horizons 27 Jul 2015 PS723 global mosaic from the LORRI (LOng-Range Reconnaissance Imager) instrument
    • New Horizons 24 Sep 2015 "extended color" global mosaic from LORRI + the Ralph telescope, using data from both visible light MVIC (Multispectral Visible Imaging Camera) and near-infrared LEISA (Linear Etalon Imaging Spectral Array)
    • All processed images prior to New Horizons were obtained from Marc Buie's Pluto page (and his Pluto map information and fun stuff pages). Also see papers:
      • Buie et al., Pluto and Charon with the Hubble Space Telescope. II. Resolving changes on Pluto's Surface and a map for Charon, Astron. Jour., 139, 1128-1143, Mar 2010; doi:10.1088/0004-6256/139/3/1128 (1.7 MB PDF)
      • Stern et al., HST High-resolution images and maps of Pluto, Astron. Jour., 113, 827-843, Feb 1997; doi:10.1088/0004-6256/139/3/1117 (0.5 MB PDF)
      • Buie et al., Albedo maps of Pluto and Charon: Initial mutual event results, Icarus, 97, 211-227, 1992; scanned image (9.2 MB PDF)


Charon    

  • Surface images: Surface image maps obtained from:
    • New Horizons 30 Jul 2015 PS717 global mosaic from the LORRI (LOng-Range Reconnaissance Imager) instrument
    • All processed images prior to New Horizons were obtained from Marc Buie's Pluto page (and his fun stuff page). Also see papers:
      • Buie et al., Pluto and Charon with the Hubble Space Telescope. II. Resolving changes on Pluto's Surface and a map for Charon, Astron. Jour., 139, 1128-1143, Mar 2010; doi:10.1088/0004-6256/139/3/1128 (1.7 MB PDF)
      • Buie et al., Albedo maps of Pluto and Charon: Initial mutual event results, Icarus, 97, 211-227, 1992; scanned image (9.2 MB PDF)

 



Do you have data that you would like to see in Voyager?     If you know of a public-domain data set which may be of general interest, feel free to contact us. Likewise, if you have a data set (even if proprietary) and would like to see it included in Voyager, please let us know; for example, we can make special arrangements to keep your data set safe and only allow users access via the GIF images displayed on users' browsers via Voyager, or even restrict access to certain data sets to specific IP addresses.

The data formats which are the most easily included in Voyager are:

  • files already formatted for GMT
  • point or line data in ASCII or binary format
  • RGB/RAW, TIFF, PNG, GIF, or JPEG evenly-spaced lon/lat file showing some characteristic of all or some portion of a world (preference is RGB/RAW or TIFF format first, PNG or GIF second, JPEG last)
  • binary or ASCII grid data of some single-valued function of longitude and latitude (e.g. DEM, gravity, geoid, seismic velocities, etc.), evenly spaced in lon/lat is best

We are primarily interested in showing data with a geophysical/geologic flavor, but would be willing to entertain other possibilities of educational interest, for example:

  • paths of famous explorations (e.g. Magellan, Cook, etc.)
  • locations of hominid finds (with age of find, name of species/sub-species, etc.)
  • whatever

Eventually, we hope to be able to set an ftp procedure where users can ftp data files to our site, for inclusion on Voyager imaging of Earth or other worlds, but with access limited to specific IP addresses, basically allowing only you and your colleagues to look at your own data with Voyager without necessarily contacting us.

 


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