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Sally Ride Science Festival 2009: Solar Telescopes, Moon Rock and Safety Glasses! - a 360-Degree Panorama by David Engle

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Taken by
David Engle David Engle
Explore score
0.10 Gigapixels
Date added
Oct 24, 2009
Date taken
Oct 24, 2009

Nikon D7100


Latest News from the BBC (12/13/09): news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/technology/8407139.stm Will open in a new tab or window
Last year after I had received my GigaPan robot, I was fortunate to come upon the Sally Ride Science Festival and had taken a GigaPan (gigapan.org/gigapans/11021/). Today, I was again lucky and arrived to discover that this was the day for the 2009 Festival.

This panorama could easily become a big-time favorite of mine for it has lots to see... a good size moon rock, two solar telescopes and one of Rice's finest, a RPD officer, who I have had the pleasure of knowing for several years, who you can see in one of the snapshots.

This panorama is comprised of 26 photographs, which were taken with a Nikon D-70 using a Nikkor 28-80 f/3.3-5.6G lens and was stitched using the GigaPan Stitcher software.

Note: This panorama can be seen in Google Earth as a curved panorama on a curved surface by clicking the link, View in Google Earth (assuming that you have Google Earth installed on your computer).

Additional information can be found when clicking Stitcher Notes ... this panorama was taken in 40 seconds.

Gigapan Comments (4)

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  1. David Engle

    David Engle (December 15, 2009, 04:52PM )

    Interesting question Kilgore: It would have to be a title that would be encouraging for women to go into science, not necessarily spacewalking or astronomy. Perhaps Wendy may have a suggestion for you as her major is science: gigapan.org/gigapans/38916/snapshot s/113053/ or Megan, www.gigapan.org/gigapans/18326/snap shots/54491/ who has a science major or even Liz who wears her major: www.gigapan.org/gigapans/12460/snap shots/34437/

  2. The Gigapanographer Currently Known as "Kilgore661"

    The Gigapanographer Currently Known as "Kilgore661" (December 15, 2009, 03:23PM )

    I can show you the book I was referring to. It's in a gigapan that I made today: www.gigapan.org/gigapans/39035/ . The pano also shows an exhibition of early female astronomers. Interesting question: if I was to write a science book now, in the 21st Century, and I wanted to make the book look attractive to schoolgirls, what images would I use? Sally Ride spacewalking? *Not* Sally Ride and her children I suspect.

  3. David Engle

    David Engle (December 14, 2009, 01:41AM )

    Thanks Kilgore, as you allude to and as the article states, role models for women are extremely important. As another example: veterinary medicine is going through a gender shift as this Canadian article states: www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/ PMC340187/Because Will open in
a new tab or window of role models and other causes, there are more women entering veterinary medicine than ever before and in some veterinary schools an entire entering class is only women.

  4. The Gigapanographer Currently Known as "Kilgore661"

    The Gigapanographer Currently Known as "Kilgore661" (December 14, 2009, 12:12AM )

    Thanks for the link to the BBC item in which Sally Ride talks about the problem of making science attractive to girls - of creating an image of female scientists that girls could identify with. You have reminded me that at the Herschel Museum of Astronomy I saw a book that was not only by a female scientist (surprising in iteself for the time) but the frontispiece was an engraving of "the author with her children". At the time I thought "how quaint" but in fact this isn't this just what Sally Ride is talking about? (I don't mean to imply that I think young girls today necessarily aspire to be mothers - in fact I read that many aspire to be lap-dancers!)

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Stitcher Notes


GigaPan Stitcher version 0.4.4329 (Macintosh)
Panorama size: 96 megapixels (31242 x 3075 pixels)
Input images: 26 (26 columns by 1 rows)
Field of view: 360.0 degrees wide by 35.4 degrees high (top=18.3, bottom=-17.1)
All default settings
Original image properties:
Camera model: NIKON D70
Image size: 1998x3024 (6.0 megapixels)
Capture time: 2009-10-24 11:47:56 - 2009-10-24 11:48:44
Aperture: f/18
Exposure time: 0.0125
ISO: 200
Focal length (35mm equiv.): unknown
White balance: unknown
Exposure mode: unknown
Horizontal overlap: 22.1 to 58.2 percent
Computer stats: 2048 MB RAM, 2 CPUs
Total time 8:04 (0:18 per picture)
Alignment: 1:09, Projection: 1:16, Blending: 5:39

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