Take an epic flight over Mars with this stunning video

Rodiano Bonacci
Marzo 21, 2017

It is precisely from these real images that the videographer and enthusiast of astronomy Jan Fröjdman mounted a short film embarking us in a superb flight over the red planet with a 3D rendering.

He then processed the images into a series of panning video clips and "moderately" coloured the grayscale images. I would love to see images captured by a photographer on its surface, especially in polar regions.

The effect is stunning. The HiRISE, along with the Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter, began taking photos in 2006 and hasn't stopped since.

Footage starts with a flight to the Martian moon Phobos before gliding over fantastic craters, plains and mountain tops. There's even an appearance by the enigmatic dark lines known as recurring slope linae, which are believed to be caused by trickling water just beneath the surface of the planet's soil.

The glorious images are complemented by sound effects including the occasional blast of rocket thrusters. He said that the most time-consuming was to select by hand over 33,000 reference points in the anaglyph images.

"There is a feeling that you are flying above Mars looking down watching interesting locations on the planet", Fröjdman wrote. But I'm afraid it will not be possible in my lifetime, "says the videographer, relayed by kottke".

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