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First Stereoscopic 3D Photos from Mars Taken by the Curiosity Rover

August 8th, 2012 · 11 Comments · General 3D News


NASA has just published a few stereoscopic 3D photos from Mars taken by the Curiosity rover thаt has recently landed successfully on the surface of the “red planet”. No green aliens or something very interesting is on these three stereo 3D photos made available by NASA for now, but still it is nice to see how the planet’s surface looks in 3D…



The photos are black and white, available in anaglyph 3D format and not of very high resolution, showing a front (top photo) and back (bottom one) views from the Curiosity rover. You’ll need a pair of red-cyan anaglyph 3D glasses to view the photos in 3D. Hopefully we’ll be seeing more 3D photos from the Mars rover from now on and there will be more interesting things to see in 3D coming from Mars. Meanwhile you can also check some more photos, not only in 3D from the Curiosity rover and its landing on the planet at the official NASA photo gallery.

For some more photos from Mars taken by the NASA rover called Curiosity…

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11 responses so far ↓

  • 1 quisp65 // Aug 8, 2012 at 21:07

    I heard the main camera that they are suppose to deploy today is stereoscopic. Would make sense. You want dual cameras in case one fails and if they both work then you can have 3d images.

  • 2 DigiMagic // Aug 8, 2012 at 22:47

    I recall they wanted James Cameron to provide main stereo cameras, but that was abandoned due to limited time before launch. What happened – did they install them anyway, or found some less powerful alternative that was faster to install?

  • 3 quisp65 // Aug 8, 2012 at 23:03

    I went to go look where I thought I read that. I couldn’t find it. Wikipedia just says the Navcams are stereoscopic. I guess I am confabulating information and getting old.

  • 4 Bloody // Aug 8, 2012 at 23:58

    Here is more information about all the cameras that Curiosity is equipped with: http://www.wired.com/wiredscience/2012/08/curiosity-mars-rover-cameras/

  • 5 HCForde // Aug 9, 2012 at 00:32

    I hope this puts to rest the talk about S3D being a gimmick. With S3D being used by so many commercial entities and now the space program I believe we have critical mass for the technology. I hope they put some of this together for an IMAX 3D presentation.

    I hope we all appreciate the level of excellence and precision required to do this. Over 20 years ago I received a blueprint and a request for bid of a part to be injection molded for the Department of Defense. The tolerances of the part had to be in the 10,000th/inch range. It was a classified part/document. I turned it down.

    This is truly amazing stuff.

  • 6 StarKnight // Aug 9, 2012 at 07:36

    You can also download the full-sized ones from here:
    http://www.nasa.gov/images/content/674280main_pia16003-full_full.jpg
    And here:
    http://www.nasa.gov/images/content/674249main_pia16002-full_full.jpg
    Then use the great “Stereo Photo Maker” (Open Stereo Image -> Anaglyph (Color)) to restore the original separated frames and save them as MPO or JPS. The result is amazing if you have 3D Vision kit or a 3D mobile / Nintendo 3DS !

  • 7 Sammaz // Aug 9, 2012 at 11:46

    Converted images are on 3DVisionLive now : )

  • 8 Alex Savin // Aug 9, 2012 at 12:07

    Thanks, this is awesome :D

  • 9 Bloody // Aug 9, 2012 at 20:58

    The 3D photos for 3D Vision on 3D Vision Live are here:
    http://photos.3dvisionlive.com/sammaz/album/0/

  • 10 Feenicks // Aug 10, 2012 at 05:33

    All those nav cams are stereoscopic, see them with the cross-eyed trick here: http://imgur.com/a/Mc9OA#3

  • 11 codecrusher // Oct 2, 2012 at 01:36

    THANK YOU FEENICKS. Those cross-eyed stereo pics are amazing.

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