This Timelapse From Mars Shows Rover’s 42Km, 12 Years Journey

Jul 8, 2015

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This Timelapse From Mars Shows Rover’s 42Km, 12 Years Journey

Jul 8, 2015

Udi Tirosh

Udi Tirosh is an entrepreneur, photography inventor, journalist, educator, and writer based in Israel. With over 25 years of experience in the photo-video industry, Udi has built and sold several photography-related brands. Udi has a double degree in mass media communications and computer science.

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Usually we share timelapses of the most beautiful places on earth, resolution goes up to 8K, and sound design is spectacular. This next movie however, was not shot on earth, sound is crap and resolution looks like something from the 80’s.

This 8 minutes timelapse documents NASA’s Mars Exploration Rover – Opportunity traveling 42.2 kilometers (a full marathon if you will), over roughly 12 years. The Rover started it journey on January 2004 and the footage goes up to 2014 (the rover is still going though).

The photos are not coming from a high-end camera, but rather from the hazard-avoidance cameras mounted on the little vehicle and used to…. avoid obstacles while zooming through. Those are “two B&W cameras with 120 degree field of view, that provide additional data about the rover’s surroundings“.

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If you were wondering why resolution is so low, here is Wikipedia’s explanation on the cameras:

Hazcams are sensitive to visible light and return black and white images of resolution 1024 × 1024 pixels. These images are used by the rovers’ internal computer to autonomously navigate around hazards. Due to their positioning on both sides of the rovers, simultaneous images taken by either both front or both rear cameras can be used to produce a 3D map of the immediate surroundings. As the cameras are fixed (i.e. can not move independently of the rover), they have a wide field of view (approximately 120° both horizontally and vertically) to allow a large amount of terrain to be visible

[Rover’s-Eye View of Marathon on Mars | NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory]

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2 responses to “This Timelapse From Mars Shows Rover’s 42Km, 12 Years Journey”

  1. Tony Poole Avatar
    Tony Poole

    Really cool. You can see the right side track deteriorate over time. This is an amazing little vehicle.

  2. Pete Woods Avatar
    Pete Woods

    Very good, I thoroughly enjoyed the trip … I thought viewing (full-screen @ 1080p) was especially interesting at Victoria Creator. And as a testament to the machines longevity, WOW 42.2 kilometers over 12 years!?! Not the most timely trip but we certainly get there! I wish some of the ‘products’ I have bought would have lasted as long. Then again we get what we pay for and there is no doubt Mars Exploration Rover is well up there in relation to the one I built for exploring my backyard.