Film Maker Creates Stunning Video Of Flight Over Mars

Rodiano Bonacci
Marzo 21, 2017

NASA's Robonauts are being put to the test in Mars-like obstacle courses in order to pave the way for future humanoid space exploration and help bridge the expansive gap between Earth and human colonization of the red planet.

"There is a feeling that you are flying above Mars looking down watching interesting locations on the planet", Fröjdman wrote.

A attractive new video making use of a high-resolution camera orbiting Mars aboard a NASA spacecraft shows you just that.

Fröjdman added colors by hand to the gray-scale images taken by HiRISE, and there are even a few sound effects and the occasional blast of thrusters to add to the effect of maneuvering, I don't know, perhaps a jetpack, over our neighboring world. But I'm afraid it will not be possible in my lifetime, "says the videographer, relayed by kottke".

Fröjdman processed the images by picking reference points in the photos and then spending about three months converting them into 3D images.

The images were taken by a camera onboard NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter, a probe that has been exploring the red planet from above for the past 11 years.

NASA actually has a pretty huge fan base devoted to processing images beamed back from satellites in far-reaching parts of the solar system.

This is possible because NASA releases their images online for free, and the agency even encourages image processors to turn its photos into something attractive as a way of bringing the agency's unique brand of space science to the masses.

"In the not too distant future, R5 has arrived on Mars along with supplies ahead of a human mission".

NASA's Space Robotics Challenge awarded Northeastern University with a $2-million Valkyrie Robonaut 5 (R5) robot, which is now undergoing tests in a MA warehouse to prepare for the finalist round this June in a virtual simulation of a red-planet landing.

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