Since its launch in 2010, HiWish has been quite successful. We’ve captured images of Mars for well over 500 public suggestions, an average of about one per day. Updates to the HiWish web application were made in the summer of 2011, and they include the following:
- the interactive maps of Mars now expand to fill most of the available page size instead of using a fixed, small size
- there is an additional basemap option: Night-time Infrared. Also, the Day-time Infrared basemap is higher resolution. These maps are made from THEMIS data by NASA’s Ames Research Center and we appreciate the work done by those teams
- markers for CRISM data can now be drawn on the suggestion maps, and they link to the corresponding publicly available download
- you can stretch (or shrink) your suggestion’s rectangle to match the longest (or shortest) observation length that HiRISE typically takes. It still defaults to our average image length. After placing a suggestion, click on the marker and you’ll be able to resize it to match a particular feature’s length.
- there is now a “browse” map where you can just explore, without creating a suggestion
- global maps of HiRISE Digital Terrain Models and of HiWish observations to date
Thanks for using HiWish, and keep the suggestions coming!