MARS like you’ve never seen it before…
A world first. New footage from Mars rendered in 4K resolution.
The cameras on board the rovers were the height of technology when the respective missions launched. — ‘Why don’t we actually have live video from Mars?’
Although the cameras are high quality, the rate at which the rovers can send data back to earth is the biggest challenge. Curiosity can only send data directly back to earth at 32 kilo-bits per second.
Instead, when the rover can connect to the Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter, we get more favourable speeds of 2 Megabytes per second.
However, this link is only available for about 8 minutes each Sol, or Martian day.
As you would expect, sending HD video at these speeds would take a long long time. As nothing really moves on Mars, it makes more sense to take and send back images.
A 10-minute clip posted on YouTube features panoramic views of the Red Planet’s surface, including sweeping deserts, massive dunes, craggy outcroppings and cracked ground strewn with jagged rocks.
The video’s “journey across the surface of another world” was posted by Britain’s ElderFox Documentaries, which said it was created using digital photos shot by three NASA rovers — Spirit, Opportunity and Curiosity — and beamed back to Earth.
They were then “stitched together” to create the illusion of a camera panning across the desolate and barren landscape — and provide what the narrator calls the “most lifelike experience of being on Mars.”
The locations featured in the video bear names that include Cape Verde, Santa Maria Crater, Burns Cliff and Marathon Valley Entrance.