The US National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) has released a 3D video of the third flight of the Mars helicopter Ingenuity. In the statement made, it was stated that the video will give viewers the feeling of watching the flight on the Red Planet first hand.
According to the statement made by NASA, the 3D video of the third flight of the helicopter Ingenuity on April 25 was created and sent to Mars with the Perseverance spacecraft, which was launched on 30 July 2020 and landed in the Jezero crater on Mars on 18 February 2021. It was stated that he would give the feeling of watching the flight first hand.
It also included a guide on how to easily make 3D glasses to watch the video in NASA’s release. In the guide, the template for the 3D glasses was shared and the materials required to make the glasses and how to make the glasses step by step were explained.
It was stated that when Ingenuity performed its third flight, the spacecraft Perseverance also captured the flight, and later NASA engineers created the flight in 3D.
“Seeing the result is like standing next to Perseverance on the Martian surface and watching the flight first hand,” said the statement, and it was stated that the image was obtained by the zoomable dual-camera Mastcam-Z viewer in Perseverance’s ‘head’.
It was also noted that in addition to capturing images, cameras provide important data to help engineers navigate and scientists select interesting rocks to study.
Justin Maki, an imaging scientist at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Southern California, led the team that added the images to the video. The frames of the video were re-projected to optimize viewing of an image seen in 3D when viewed through color filter glasses.
It was stated that as a graduate student of Maki, he created a 3D image of Mars since his days when he processed images from the NASA spacecraft Sojourner, the first Mars rover in 1997, but created a real 3D video of a helicopter flying on Mars for the first time.
Maki said, “The Mastcam-Z video feature has been inherited from the Mars Science Laboratory MARDI (MArs Descent Imager) camera. It is really amazing to take a 3D video of a helicopter flying over the surface of Mars and use this feature again in a new mission.”