Computer graphics and space exploration (video)

Scott Manley shows off some animations, from Apollo to Voyager and beyond. Some vector graphics, some texture mapping, bump mapping, displacement mapping and even some particle effects.

With special reference to Jim Blinn, who maintains a well-filled web corner at JBWC. Linked within, this SIGGRAPH presentation with more moving pictures and technical and historical details: SIGGRAPH 2017 History of the JPL Computer Graphics Lab - YouTube

The video discusses some of the difficulties of modelling Saturn and its rings - which is timely, because there’s been a recent and very interesting investigation into Elite’s code for doing the same:

See also the relevant pages on the Elite disassembly and explanation site by Mark Moxon