Best pre-space age photos we had of the planets?
May 15, 2014 9:34 AM Subscribe
What were the best photos we had of the planets in our solar system before the Pioneer and Voyager missions?
posted by bondcliff to Science & Nature (4 answers total) 9 users marked this as a favorite
We've all seen the awesome shots of the gas giants taken by the space probes Pioneer and Voyager, and the Galileo and Cassini orbiters. There are also amazing close-up shots of Mars, Venus, and Mercury thanks to the various missions we've sent in the past couple of decades. Next year New Horizons will fly by Pluto.
But what was the best we had before those missions?
I'm looking for links to the best images we had of the planets. Before the Hubble, before Voyager, before image processing gave us clearer shots from our observatories.
I'd like at least one of each for Mercury, Venus, Mars, Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus and Neptune. Whatever the state-of-the-art photo was at the time.
I'm mostly looking for shots from ground-based telescopes but if there are some interesting early space-based images, like if they took some from Skylab, that will work too. I'm not looking for the solar images they took from Skylab, however.
For the purposes of this thread I'm also not interested in recent images made by amateurs with stacking and other processing software.
I've tried Googling but I seem to just come up with more images from the missions I've listed.