posted on Feb, 18 2011 @ 04:03 PM
reply to post by Artorius
Ok so we have TONS of satellites all over the galaxy right?
The galaxy is a big place, we do have space craft all over the solar system but have yet to go outside of our own system as of yet. I wouldn't call
them all satellites though. Satellite, natural or artificial, means to orbit a planet.
I am no expert on the equipment that is used on these probes but I think the limitations have to do with the technology of the time of each space
craft's creation and launch. Once launched all we can do is upgrade the software (unless it orbits Earth like the Hubble telescope). There are also
limitations on the equipment due to the environment the craft is going through. This puts a tremendous amount of stress on any equipment on board.
Given these limitations they must be careful on what they put onto/into these space crafts and how/where they put this stuff.
There are also limitations on the ability to communicate with these craft. Video files have a lot more data than still images. I think all of the
videos (excluding video from the Apollo missions) we see from space, Saturn's polar storm for instance, are simply linked still images that were sent
over time. Keep in mind even some of the best equipment that can be purchased today would not hold up to the environment of space that these craft
have to go through. I think it would be very tough to design such space craft with the anticipation of how hostile an environment they have to deal
ADD, Something else I just thought of. Still images are far better quality than video if I'm not mistaken. It would be crucial to put equipment on
board that will do the best job. Video just isn't good enough yet.
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I just found a short video of Jupiter's spot. Well it's a series of still images but all the same it looks cool.
Jupiter's Great Red Spot
I wanted to post this because I agree with you, videos of the planets in motion are great and we could learn alot from them. I wish there were
edit on 2/18/2011 by Devino because: video add