|Tuesday Jan 13 2004 02.00 GMT
First Fullscreen QTVR from Mars is now online
The first 360 degree high resolution panoramic image from Mars MER was posted at NASA a couple of hours ago. As the first I have created a fullscreen QTVR from the image released by NASA
|Sunday Jan 18 2004
MARS Rover new panorama
ROVER SPIRIT has left the Mothership. This is a BW image but it gives you a fantastic view of how it looks. It is a Cubic (spherical) panorama and you can look down from above.
|Monday Februar 02 2004
Mars Opportunity Full Resolution Panorama
This is the Spirit panoramic camera's "Lookout" panorama, acquired on the rover's 410th to 413th martian days, or sols (Feb. 27 to Mar. 2, 2005). The view is from a position known informally as "Larry's Lookout" along the drive up "Husband Hill." The summit of Husband Hill is the far peak near the center of this panorama and is about 200 meters (656 feet) away from the rover and about 45 meters (148 feet) higher in elevation. The bright rocky outcrop near the center of the panorama is part of the "Cumberland Ridge," and beyond that and to the left is the "Tennessee Valley."
This is the Spirit "Independence" panorama, acquired on martian days, or sols, 536 to 543 (July 6 to 13, 2005), from a position in the "Columbia Hills" near the summit of "Husband Hill." The summit of "Husband Hill" is the peak near the right side of this panorama and is about 100 meters (328 feet) away from the rover and about 30 meters (98 feet) higher in elevation. The rocky outcrops downhill and on the left side of this mosaic include "Larry's Lookout" and "Cumberland Ridge," which Spirit explored in April, May, and June of 2005.
The panorama consists of 108 individual images, each acquired with five filters of the rover's panoramic camera. The approximate true color of the mosaic was generated using the camera's 750-, 530-, and 480-nanometer filters. During the 8 martian days, or sols, that it took to acquire this image, the lighting varied considerably, partly because of imaging at different times of sol, and partly because of small sol-to-sol variations in the dustiness of the atmosphere.
A Great Place to Watch the Weather - Dust devils
The martian wind sends hundreds of dust devils spinning across the surface of the planet. From Spirit's high perch approximately 90 meters (295 feet) above the surrounding plains, as shown in this image taken from the summit of "Husband Hill," three dust devils are clearly visible in the plains of Gusev Crater. Planetary Scientist Ron Greeley of Arizona State University, Tempe, describes the whirling vortices of wind and dust as "vacuum cleaners" that were first seen in images from the Viking Orbiter in 1985, though their existence was predicted as early as 1964.
The largest dust devil in this 360-degree panorama, is one of the closest seen by Spirit. It is about 2 kilometers (1.2 miles) away, about 90 meters (295 feet) in diameter, and 275 meters (902 feet) tall. Its flux is about 1 kilogram per second, meaning it is picking up about 2 pounds of sediment each second and moving it around.
You can see 2 more dustlevels in the panorama.
Spirit took this mosaic of images with its navigation camera on sol 581 (Aug. 22). Straight ahead, just east of the rover, is the summit of "Husband Hill.
Mars Spirit Panorama - looking back
To the west are the slopes of the "Columbia Hills," so named for the astronauts of the Space Shuttle Columbia. Beyond the hills are the flat plains and rim of Gusev Crater.
Spirit took this 360-degree panorama of images with its navigation camera on the 627th Martian day, or sol, (Oct. 7, 2005) of its exploration of Gusev Crater on Mars.
Mars McMurdo 3D panorama
red blue glasses needed for 3D experience.
This Quicktime VR version is as far as far as I know the only interactive 360 degree 3D vesrsion you can see on the web.
This 360-degree view, called the "McMurdo" panorama, comes from the panoramic camera (Pancam) on NASA's Mars Exploration Rover Spirit. From April through October 2006, Spirit has stayed on a small hill known as "Low Ridge." There, the rover's solar panels are tilted toward the sun to maintain enough solar power for Spirit to keep making scientific observations throughout the winter on southern Mars. This view of the surroundings from Spirit's "Winter Haven" is presented in approximately true color.
Everest - Mars
The Mars Rover Mission continues, after almost 2 years since Spirit landed on Mars Spirit continues to send amazing images to the earth. In october 2005 this panorama was made from Oct. 1 to Oct. 3, 2005.
It has been named the Everest panorama. The view is from th summit of "Husband Hill." The Husband Hill is a plateau about 100 meters (300 feet) above the Gusev crater.
Panoramas.dk has published interactive panoramas from Mars since the landing of ther Rover. The first was published only a few hours after Nasa had published it.
There are now 9 panoramas available in fullscreen interactive QTVR.
During the 3 days this panorama was made the weather shifted with different colors of the sky. The original panorama you can see at NASA has not been smoothed in the sky as I have done on this one. Also like all my Mars Quicktime VR there has been added artificial sky as this is nessecary to obtain a correct levelling of the horisont in a QTVR.
Husband Hill Summit
Panorama with Rover Deck
The panoramic camera on NASA's Mars Exploration Rover Spirit took the hundreds of images combined into this 360-degree view, the "Husband Hill Summit" panorama. The images were acquired on Spirit's sols 583 to 586 (Aug. 24 to 27, 2005), shortly after the rover reached the crest of "Husband Hill" inside Mars' Gusev Crater. This is the largest panorama yet acquired from either Spirit or Opportunity. The panoramic camera shot 653 separate images in 6 different filters, encompassing the rover's deck and the full 360 degrees of surface rocks and soils visible to the camera from this position. This is the first time the camera has been used to image the entire rover deck and visible surface from the same position. Stitching together of all the images took significant effort because of the large changes in resolution and parallax across the scene.
The image is an approximately true-color rendering using the 750-nanometer, 530-nanometer and 480-nanometer filters for the surface, and the 600-nanometer and 480-nanometer filters for the rover deck. Image-to-image seams have been eliminated from the sky portion of the mosaic to better simulate the vista a person standing on Mars would see.