The idea for my this blog came from my postings to a popular forum known as YayHooray where I managed three separate threads concerning current missions to Mars, Saturn and a page of other space articles of interest. A number of people from the YayHooray community suggested I make my own blog dedicated to this material rather than just a few threads on the forum. The theme of this blog is not only and obviously space, but in particular places in space that a person might theoretically be able to one day visit. So for the most part, nebula, galaxies and the like are not a part of this forum. I tend to focus on "terrestrial" places or places that host such places. I suppose I would like to find out more about these places that we may one day inhabit or simply visit (although during my lifetime this seems unlikely). These places tend to have surfaces on which one could walk or at least attach oneself to. They sometimes exhibit other earth-like familiar features such as atmospheres, weather, volcanos, geysers and perhaps, we are finding, even exotic oceans, rivers or lakes that are not necessarily made of the familiar materials we are used to here at home.
The second theme is imagery. I will rarely post anything to this blog that does not have accompanying imagery. I think the science community, or in particular those people at NASA, forget how important imagery is to the average person. Through the image you can better inspire the public to actually care and support the idea of exploring these exotic worlds. So often images are released to the public in false-color that are misleading, or worse, make the average person suspicious of most images they see from these missions. On that note, there are issues with true-colors and some missions in particular that make true-color images hard to determine. Additionally, images are also saturated for release or they are compiled from other data such as ultraviolet, infrared, etc. which is retuned from the spacecraft. So without being a scientist myself I try to filter out misleading images of these places that show more science than true appearance.
Lastly, I do some retouching of images when needed. If an image is incomplete or sometimes only in black and white, I will attempt to correct the situation based upon other images or assumed details. Occasionally I will combine images to make one composition offering multiple details. When I do this, I make note of what was added, why, and sometimes how it was achieved, this way nobody should ever wonder if something they are looking at is real or Photoshop.
In other words, what you see in these altered images may not be what was happening when the spacecraft shot the photo, but could very well happen at any other given moment in that body’s history. The ultimate point here is to show beautiful places that really exist in our celestial neighborhood, not to provide images for scientific scrutiny.
I also have to mention I in no way take ANY FULL CREDIT for any images used in this forum other than the page designs that surround them. These images are taken through the amazing work of engineers and scientist who run the missions. In addition to that, I love to feature the work of freelance researchers that take spacecraft data and rework it to figure out better overall results. If and when I do that kind of work, I am doing it at 10% the level they do. I am a designer who loves the end result images and loves working with them. That’s all.