The 3D image of NASA’s original Mars helicopter flying over the surface of Mars will amaze you

NASA shared an amazing image of its Ingenuity Mars helicopter flying over the red planet a few weeks ago. Now, the agency’s engineers rendered the flight in 3D and shared the same video on their YouTube channel. 

The helicopter took off vertically, hovered for a few seconds, and then moved our eyes to the right side of the screen. Then it came back and landed almost in the same place. The agency said that watching the sequence is almost like standing on the red planet and then next to the Perseverance Rover. Capture historical moments and watch the helicopter fly directly, but all you need is 3D glasses, which are easy to make at home. 

The agency said this was accomplished via the rover’s mast-mounted Mastcam-Z imager, which is a dual zoom camera. Not only does it help the public pay attention to the daily discoveries of the Persevering Wanderers, but it also provides important data for engineers to navigate and scientists to choose interesting rocks. Justin Maki, an imaging scientist at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory, led the team that pieced together the images to give the video its final shape. 

According to the agency, the video frames are reprojected to optimize the display effect of stereograms, or images displayed in 3D when viewed with color filters. Maki added in a statement: “It’s great to repurpose this feature in new missions by acquiring a 3D video of a helicopter flying over the surface of Mars.” The helicopter video is from the Mastcam-Z team. The longest 3D video to date. 

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

Don’t have 3D glasses? Make your own: https://t.co/lvAshlHKcg pic.twitter.com/gl1vwUGKS1

— NASA JPL (@NASAJPL) May 12, 2021

This is an excellent display of new exploration technologies. On May 12, NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory also shared a 3D video on its official Twitter account. The lab has 3.3 million followers on Weibo and the video surprised fans. 

Many people are in awe of this, shared a photo of his 3D glasses, which requires you to get a golden experience. On April 25, it soared 16 feet (5 meters), then landed and flew 164 feet (50 meters). However, a few days later, on April 30, the helicopter flew 873 feet (266 meters) on the fourth flight, and this record was broken. On May 7, on the fifth flight, Ingenuity completed its first outward journey, 423 feet (129 meters), and then reached an altitude of 33 feet (10 meters) above the new landing site. 

The success of the Mars Ingenuity helicopter on the red planet proves that Mars is possible for power and controlled flight. Project manager MiMi Aung referred to Ingenuity’s first flight on the Red Planet as “the Wright brothers’ time on Mars.”

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