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NASA Probes Inauguration With Point Grey

NASA is used to bringing us striking images from far, far away.

NASA is used to bringing striking images from far, far away.

The First Family checks out the NASA Electric Rover, including its 360-degree Ladybug3 camera.

But its Lunar Electric Rover made one of its highest-profile trips yet on Jan. 20 as part of the parade celebrating the inauguration of Barack Obama.

Point Grey Research Inc., based in Canada, supplied its Ladybug3 spherical digital camera system to capture 360-degree video footage of the parade.

The rover is a concept vehicle about the size of a pickup truck that astronauts will use for future exploration of the moon.

The Ladybug3 camera was mounted at the top of a mast on the rover and connected by a 10 meter IEEE 1394b (FireWire) cable to a Dell Precision M90 IntelCore2 Duo laptop, which was equipped with a FireWire ExpressCard.

Using the Ladybug SDK, NASA was able to control the camera, acquire full 12 MP images (2 MP from each of the six sensors) at 15 fps for approximately 10 minutes, store the footage to a video stream file, then post-process the data into panoramic AVIs and still images.

NASA has made the footage available on its YouTube channel.