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Originally posted by Soylent Green Is People
reply to post by zatara
That image of Budapest is impressive -- but it isn't one single image, but rather a bunch of smaller images spliced together into a mosaic. The cameras used to take the pictures for the Budapest Gigapixel image were 25-megapixel cameras.
There are in fact cameras that take a single 1-gigapixel image, but even using that camera, we would not see the detail seen in that Budapest image.
Having said that, there are certainly better cameras out there than what was sent to Mars on the Rovers, but it's a matter of how much those cameras weigh. Every gram of weight on a spacecraft is a very precious (and expensive) thing. And then one needs to consider the bandwidth for the transmission of multi-gigapixel images back to Earth.
Budapest 70 billion pixel image how-they-did-it description:
Link to a camera that takes 1-gigapixel images:
Originally posted by paperface
Lightning the image comes up with an interesting view.It looks like something is standing inside it.Yes it is small blah blah.If it is a creature of some kind why must it match earth size?
One thing that, apparently, some people forget, is that is not the time that we are willing to wait that's important for the mission, it's the time they are willing to wait.
Originally posted by zatara
I am willing to wait a week or month extra for the Mega-Pixel data to be sent. Better to wait some more and see detail than to have instant photograph and see #. I also understand that at a certain point the resolution will be lost....there is no use for more in-zoming. Solution......drive a little closer.