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Space photography and the exploration of Mars

Murray, B. C. and Davies, M. E. (1970) Space photography and the exploration of Mars. Applied Optics, 9 (6). pp. 1270-1281. ISSN 0003-6935.

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A general exposition of the scientific potentialities and analytic framework of space photography is presented using the photography of Mars from flybys and orbiters as the principal example. Space photography is treated here as a communication process in which planetary scene information is communicated to the eye-brain receiver of earth-based interpreters. The salient parameters of this process are: (1) total information returned, (2) surface resolution, and (3) a priori knowledge regarding the planetary surface observed.

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Additional Information:© Copyright 1970 Optical Society of America. Received 19 December 1969. Parts of the material presented here are condensed from the draft manuscript of a book prepared under RAND Corporation sponsorship entitled, The View from Space: Space Exploration by Photography. The Figure of Merit discussion was developed by B. Murray under support to Caltech from Grant NGR-05-002-117 of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration. We are pleased also to acknowledge the helpful criticism of Horace Ory of RAND, Robert Leighton of Caltech, James Fulton of CBS Labs, and George Keene of Eastman Kodak. This paper is Contribution 1642 of the Division of Geological Sciences of the California Institute of Technology and P-4120 of the RAND Corporation.
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Official Citation:B. C. Murray and M. E. Davies, "Space photography and the exploration of Mars," Appl. Opt. 9, 1270- (1970)
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