Here Is How Mars Looks Like In 3D
Images from the Curiosity Rover, a robot orbiting Mars has started to send low resolution anaglyphic images of the planet.
The robot has some navigational camera which has taken pictures of the Gale Crater as well as of Mount Sharp. These captures have been used for forming the final 3D imagery that we see. The robot is later scheduled to move up the 5.5 kilometer mountain slope of Mount Sharp.
These cameras are for detecting physical obstructions that come in the path of the robot and there are 17 such cameras that are installed on the robot. Cameras of high definition capability are also fitted on the robot and these are the Mast Cams which would be able to send back views of spectacular quality.
Presently the voyage is on the setting up stages where scientists are checking on board systems including checking the radio and camera functions which would later be deployed.
The physical features of the robot are much like a small SUV. It weighs a bit over one ton and is powered by nuclear energy. The batteries are to be charged by solar panels.
The main mission of Curiosity which is scheduled to last for two years is to check for evidence of life on Mars at some previous time and also if it would be able to sustain life. NASA website is also hosting images of the red planet sent back by the probe.