NASA has shared a stunning video of its Mars helicopter Ingenuity’s third successful flight on the Red Planet in 3D.
The sequence was almost like standing on the red planet, next to Perseverance rover, which captured the historic moment and watching the helicopter take flight first hand.
“When NASA’s Ingenuity Mars Helicopter took to the Martian skies on its third flight on April 25, the agency’s Perseverance rover was there to capture the historic moment. Now NASA engineers have rendered the flight in 3D, lending dramatic depth to the flight as the helicopter ascends, hovers, then zooms laterally off-screen before returning for a pinpoint landing,” the NASA said.
The 3D video has been shared on Youtube on Wednesday, shows the helicopter ascend into the Martian atmosphere, fly off to the right and out of the frame for a while, then return into view to land in nearly the same spot from which it took off.
The team has re-projected to optimise the frames of the video to view in an anaglyph, or an image seen in 3D when viewed in colored filtered glasses. The Video was mae by Mastcam-Z imager, a zoomable dual-camera, mounted on the rover’s mast, the agency said.
Put on some 3D glasses 👓
This video of #MarsHelicopter flying makes you feel like you’re there. Images from @NASAPersevere’s Mastcam-Z cameras were stitched together and then reprojected. https://t.co/Y1OuGqez11
— NASA JPL (@NASAJPL) May 12, 2021
The new video of Ingenuity’s third flight represents the most extensive 3D video yet from the Mastcam-Z team, according to a statement from NASA.
“A helicopter flying on Mars opens a new era for Mars exploration,” Maki said in the statement.
The Mars helicopter is a technology demonstration mission designed to show that a small, lightweight helicopter can fly in the thin atmosphere of Mars.
Ingenuity lifted off the Martian surface to a height of 16 feet (5 meters) and flew downrange 164 feet (50 m), hitting a top speed of 4.5 mph (7.2 kph) — its fastest speed yet.