Thursday, March 15, 2007

Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter Data Usage

We are finally starting to see some of the results of the powerful data gathering capability of the Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter. As the picture above shows, it is vastly superior in its information gathering capabilities as compared to previous probes. The advantage of such additional power is not just in resolution of picture data, but in combining the picture data and interpolating it in new ways. <This Link> shows a three-dimensional, Quicktime video fly-through using data collected from MRO's High Resolution Imaging Science Experiment camera.

This video is not an "artist conception" video, but one which uses real-world data to show what would be the case if one took the fly-over trajectory from the angles depicted. I also enjoyed the passing (and enhanced) glimpse of Opportunity rover, which was taken from a previously photographed location where the rover was sited.


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