Resource Magazine takes an inside look at how NASA processes photos for public viewing

by Gannon Burgett

posted Sunday, July 19, 2015 at 5:13 PM EDT


In light of the recent photos of Pluto, which are the closest and most detailed shots to date, Jaron Schneider of Resource Magazine sat down with Robert Hurt, a member of the Infrared Processing and Analysis Center (IPAC) at the California Institute of Technology, to talk about how NASA processes photos from raw data into the colorful, magnificent images it shares with the world.

The hour-long conversation was recorded in audio form, but in the text, Resource Magazine summarized a few of the most interesting components of Hurt’s job and the overall process of turning the final frontier into imagery for the world to gaze upon. Below are just a few images Hurt has worked on creating using his complicated post-production setup.

Pleiades, also known as the Seven Sisters
Sombrero Galaxy
Helix Nebula
Pinwheel Galaxy

To read the full article and listen to the interview, head on over to Resource Magazine’s article and set aside some time. It’s well worth an hour of listening and a few minutes of reading.

(via Resource Magazine)