posted on Nov, 3 2013 @ 01:17 AM
Spectacular 3D Mars Video Brings Red Planet to Life
The Mars Express has captured a 3D video that is astonishingly beautiful!
I just wanted to share it with my friends on ATS.
You can view the video here:
There is also a slide show of more pictures on the source site.
A newly released video, created by stitching together images taken by a veteran Mars spacecraft, provides a richly detailed, three-dimensional
view of the Red Planet.
The European Space Agency's Mars Express spacecraft has orbited the Red Planet nearly 12,000 times, capturing images of Martian valleys, canyons and
lava flows that have provided unprecedented views of planet's terrain. Researchers pieced together the individual images into a video that shows a
eye-popping video of Mars in 3D.
"For the first time, we can see Mars spatially — in three dimensions," Ralf Jaumann, project manager for the Mars Express mission at the German
Aerospace Center, said in a statement.
Mars Express has covered 37 million square miles (97 million square kilometers) of Mars' surface (out of 56 million square miles or 145 million
square kilometers) in high resolution. Researchers around the world combine data from Mars Express with other NASA missions at the Red Planet, to
better understand the foreign world.
"This has enabled the creation of the most comprehensive data set that has ever been acquired by a German instrument designed to study our solar
system," Jaumann said.
Nine light-sensitive detectors aboard Mars Express sweep across the surface of the planet, capturing images in sequence from nine different angles.
This data is then processed into three-dimensional images by planetary researchers at the German Aerospace Center.
"We can see the entire topography almost as well as if we were standing on Mars ourselves," Jaumann said.
Researchers can use these topographical maps to study volcanism on Mars, including some of the planet's shield volcanoes in the Tharsis region that
were still active just a few million years ago.
Mars Express was launched toward the Red Planet 10 years ago, on June 2, 2003. The spacecraft arrived at Mars six-and-a-half months later, and has
maintained its Martian orbit ever since. The mission, which was originally planned to last for about two years (or one Martian year), is now expected
to continue operating until the end of 2014.