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    Quote Originally Posted by Alex Hawley View Post
    The other interesting aspect was retrieving film canisters. Basically, they were ejected by the satellite and an airplane literally caught them during descent.
    That aspect of satellite imaging always struck me as just absolutely hairbrained, yet gutsy, all at once. Guess they had to do what they had to do, based on the available technology.

    What was that cheesy Cold War movie with Rock Hudson, where there was some firefight up in the Arctic over an ejected film canister that each side wanted to possess?

    Ice Station Zebra, that's it!!
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    Quote Originally Posted by disfromage View Post
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    Just out of curiosity, how does one go about developing film in space? The mind boggles...

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    Dang that PE...I was thinking of Little Green Men with punk hairdos working at galactic minimum wages.

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    Yes, IIRC, the hair was blue and we got Cr. 15 / hour. (Cr = Credits, the galactic standard)

    When my hair was blue they called me Parakeet. But then they did that in Beverly Hills Cop so I lost my cachet. TSK.

    All I can say is Nov Shmoz Kapop! So there.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MikeSeb View Post
    What was that cheesy Cold War movie with Rock Hudson, where there was some firefight up in the Arctic over an ejected film canister that each side wanted to possess?

    Ice Station Zebra, that's it!!
    Yeah Mike, Ice Station Zebra. And having to catch those film canisters is probably what spawned digital imagery to start with, I would bet.
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    Found this;

    The Hubble Space Telescope has two kinds of instruments: (1) imagers, which take pictures; and (2) spectrographs, which analyze light. Imagers are electronic detectors called charge -- coupled devices (CCD's). The CCD's convert light into electronic signals, which an on -- board computer records and sends to the ground.
    WYSIWYG - At least that's my goal.

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    Photo Engineer: Just remember that scram gravy ain't wavy, farno farno, and foo, too! Smiff

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    PE,

    Thanks, but I'm still a bit boggled. Wasn't temperature control a bit difficult with the sun either being full on or off, or did these satellites have space heaters to warm them up?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Photo Engineer View Post
    Last time I was at George Eastman House, they had the entire BIMAT system on display. Basically, the film part was dry and there was a second thin film that was wetted with an activator/fixer. These were laminated just after exposure, and developed to completion.

    The images were scanned and transmitted back to earth.

    Grant Haist was one of the researchers on the project, IIRC.

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    Richard, this device had everything needed to do the job in total vacuum and at orbital temperatures!

    It is pretty big, about 3 ft on a side, and about 2 ft high.

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    Quote Originally Posted by tiberiustibz View Post
    CCDs are analog...
    Great - I can talk about my Sony A100 on APUG then!

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    Thanks, I'm sure it is quite an impressive system.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Photo Engineer View Post
    Richard, this device had everything needed to do the job in total vacuum and at orbital temperatures!

    It is pretty big, about 3 ft on a side, and about 2 ft high.

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