Yowza! There’s a new collection of Mars flythrough video clips from the folks over at the HiRISE website, and they are fabulous! Most of the files are pretty hefty (between 5 and 33 MB) but the download time is worth it. I think my favorite one is of Candor Chasma, which is a large canyon in the Valles Marineris system. The contrast between ragged hills and layered valleys is amazing. All the videos are created from images from the high-resolution HiRISE camera on the Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter, which has the highest resolution of any other camera on a Mars orbiter. This translates into extraordinary detail for all kinds of surface features — meaning these videos are incredible. Choose from Candor Chasma, the Columbia Hills, Nili Fossae, Mawrth Vallis and more. There’s also scroll videos of weekly image highlights, which are also available for iPhones.
The HiRISE site also has another new feature…
They are called Hi Flyers, which are mini-posters with images and info about features on Mars
All HiFlyers are PDF documents and are 11 x 17 inches.
New “flyers” are available each week with the latest images from HiRISE.
Also, if you enjoy 3-D imagery, you might want to take a look at Nathanial Burton-Bradford’s Flickr page where he has created some great 3-d shots with frames taken from the HiRISE videos. So, grab your 3-D glass and take a look — the Candor Chasma image is oustanding!