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Ryan AndersonJanuary 28, 2010

Awesome New Mars Flyovers

This article originally appeared on Ryan Anderson's "The Martian Chronicles" blog and is reposted here with permission.

Check out these awesome flyovers of Mars, generated by Doug Ellison of UnmannedSpaceflight! These are based on digital elevation models from HiRISE, draped with the HiRISE images, so it's about as close as we can get to actually flying above the surface of Mars. I particularly like the Gale crater one, but I may be slightly biased, having stared at Gale for the past year or so...

Flyover animation of the edge of Mount Sharp in Gale Crater using Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter HiRISE digital elevation models. The terrain has accurate vertical scaling and is not exaggerated.

NASA / JPL-Caltech / U. Arizona / Doug Ellison

Flyover animation of features near Mojave Crater using Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter HiRISE digital elevation models. The terrain has accurate vertical scaling and is not exaggerated.

NASA / JPL-Caltech / U. Arizona / Doug Ellison

Flyover animation of features in Athabasca Valles using Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter HiRISE digital elevation models. The terrain has accurate vertical scaling and is not exaggerated.

NASA / JPL-Caltech / U. Arizona / Doug Ellison

Read more: pretty pictures, amateur image processing, Mars, 3D, Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter, animation

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Ryan Anderson
Ryan Anderson

Planetary Scientist for U.S. Geological Survey Astrogeology Science Center
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