Matt Jones

Processing Huygens Image Data

Watching the press conferences and interviews with ESA scientists over the weekend, there was clearly a discrepancy between what the news media were expecting to see and learn and what the scientists could deliver so early on in the mission. One particular scientist - Martin G. Tomasko, principle investigator for the descent imager - seemed to be showing the burden of expectation on him and his team to deliver detailed images of Titan straight away.

Easing his burden, it seems that amateur descent imager investigators have started to process the raw image data themselves. Anthony Liekens’ website contains many of his compositions showing Titan’s surface in detail, as well contributions from other people. Some notable ones include:

The raw image data that both the amateur and ESA scientists are working with is available at an Arizona State University homepage.