Have you ever wondered what it might be like to see Mars from the viewpoint of a spacecraft in orbit above the red planet?
New images from NASA Mars Odyssey Orbiter Capture what Mars would look like when viewed from above. Mission scientists recently rotated Odyssey toward the Martian horizon for a full orbit to capture new images of the Red Planet, revealing deep craters and diverse cloud structures as astronauts orbiting Mars would expect to see them.
“If you were an astronaut, the first thing that would catch your eye would be all these beautiful things Drilling“Which, of course, looks very different from what you would see on Earth,” said Laura Kerber, deputy project scientist for the Odyssey mission. He said in the video From NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL). “But the next thing you might see, because you’re looking at the planet from an angle, is the structure in these beautiful clouds.”
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While the Odyssey spacecraft has been maneuvered in different ways, this is the first time the spacecraft has been oriented in this way — generally holding its camera directly toward the surface of Mars for mapping.
“This time, we had to do something more extreme,” Kerber explained in the video.
From this new angle, Odyssey documented the planet’s curved horizon, crater surfaces and atmospheric layers, including… Various clouds They range from carbon dioxide ice clouds to water ice clouds and dust clouds. The orbiter is equipped with a thermal vision camera – called the Thermal Emission Imaging System (THEMIS) – which identifies the different types of clouds found in Mars atmosphereaccording to the video.
The new panoramic images were taken from an altitude of about 250 miles (400 kilometers), the same altitude that the rover reached. International Space Station Fly over Land.
Launched in April 2001, Odyssey is the longest Mars rover. The orbiter will reach 100,000 orbits next year and is subject to several scientific initiatives.
“One is a rock mapping campaign that will help us Future Earth missions “It’s safer on the (Mars) surface,” Kerber explained in the video. “We’re also taking advantage of our own orbit at dawn and dusk to map the clouds, fog and frost that only exist at certain times of the day. We’re also planning our next maneuver to look at the clouds on the horizon again.” “