Department of Astronomy Center for Radiophysics & Space Research

ASTR 3310: Planetary Image Processing

Credit Hours3

2 semesters of introductory physics and some experience with computer programming expected. Intended for sophomores or juniors majoring or concentrating in astronomy or related fields. Permission of Instructor required.

Typically OfferedFall

Reviews basic techniques employed in the collection and processing of spacecraft images of planets, moons, rings, asteroids, and comets, from both the observational and theoretical perspectives. Students will gain hands-on experience with digital image manipulation, including visualization, calibration, statistics, and error analysis. Specific examples will involve the processing and analysis of imaging data from missions like Voyager, Clementine, Galileo, NEAR, Mars Pathfinder, Mars Global Surveyor, and the Hubble Space Telescope. Exercises will encompass the range of techniques used by planetary scientists to acquire and process spacecraft data that are then used to address questions on the geology, composition, and evolution of solar system bodies.