Martian Flyby Simulated

Martian Flyby Simulated

Using the static, high-resolution, but greyscale images provided by NASA’s HiRise Mars-orbiting camera, Finnish filmmaker and self-confessed Space enthusiast, Jan Fröjdman, has gone to the trouble of manually selecting and interpolating more than 33,000 reference points between images, and then rendering a coloured, dynamic, 3D simulation of the view one might get if, rather than being in orbit, we were to be in a futuristic spacecraft with a viewing portal, flying over the surface of Mars.

To fully appreciate the Martian landscape, one needs dimension and movement. In the video you see here, Finnish filmmaker Jan Fröjdman transformed HiRISE imagery into a dynamic, three-dimensional, overhead view of the Red Planet—no glasses required.

For Fröjdman, creating the flyover effect was like assembling a puzzle. He began by colorizing the photographs (HiRISE captures images in grayscale). He then identified distinctive features in each of the anaglyphs—craters, canyons, mountains–and matched them between image pairs. To create the panning 3-D effect, he stitched the images together along his reference points and rendered them as frames in a video. “It was a very slow process,” he says.

More here (article):

The anaglyph images of Mars taken by the HiRISE camera holds information about the topography of Mars surface. There are hundreds of high-resolution images of this type. This gives the opportunity to create different studies in 3D. In this film I have chosen some locations and processed the images into panning video clips. There is a feeling that you are flying above Mars looking down watching interesting locations on the planet. And there are really great places on Mars! I would love to see images taken by a landscape photographer on Mars, especially from the polar regions. But I’m afraid I won’t see that kind of images during my lifetime.

More text and video (Vimeo ~ 5mins.):
Please watch the film in 2K if possible for greater details.

Jan Fröjdman (blog post):


Image from article.
Originally HiRise NASA/JPL/University of Arizona

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