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This Video Re-Creating a Flyover of Mars Is a Labor of Love


Jan Fröjdman has painstakingly and lovingly transformed still photographs of Mars from NASA’s High Resolution Imaging Science Experiment (HiRISE) to create a video simulating a flyover over the Red Planet.



, “For Fröjdman, creating the flyover effect was like assembling a puzzle. He began by colorizing the photographs (HiRISE captures images in grayscale). He then identified distinctive features in each of the anaglyphs—craters, canyons, mountains—and matched them between image pairs. To create the panning 3D effect, he stitched the images together along his reference points and rendered them as frames in a video. ‘It was a very slow process,’ he says.”

The four-and-a-half-minute video took him three months to complete.

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