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3D Video of Asteroid Vesta 26

Posted by timothy
from the why-there-is-the-internet dept.
TheNextCorner writes "Glide over the giant asteroid Vesta with NASA's Dawn spacecraft in a new 3-D video. Dawn has been orbiting Vesta since July 15, obtaining high-resolution images of its bumpy, cratered surface and making other scientific measurements." You'll need some red/green or red/blue glasses for the 3D effect.
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3D Video of Asteroid Vesta

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  • by Anonymous Coward on Saturday December 03, 2011 @10:15AM (#38249840)

    Having just woken up, at first glance I thought the headline said, "3D Video of Android Vista," and my immediate thought was "when are these guys goong to learn that just because you CAN port Android to something doesn't mean you should? And making something 3D doesn't make it any more impressive!"

  • Very cool. (Score:5, Insightful)

    by pz (113803) on Saturday December 03, 2011 @10:16AM (#38249848) Journal

    Each time NASA releases images from some distant planet or asteroid, I'm floored. The number of things that have to go right, that have to not fail, millions of miles away, is immense. Kudos to the scientists and engineers who worked on imaging Vesta. Fantastic results!

    • by MickLinux (579158)
      Yeah, that is cool. Maybe I could make something like that in Claymation, and put it on YouTube.
      • by pz (113803)

        While that might be interesting, perhaps you can try doing it by remote control a large handful of millions of miles away, in near-total vacuum, with instruments that have survived 15G vibrational acceleration followed by months of punishing high-energy radiation while going through complex orbital dynamics to insert around a body that has about 2% the gravitational attraction of Earth. That would be impressive, just like the NASA video.

    • by cthulhu11 (842924)
      I agree that I'm in disbelief that we're actually getting visuals like this of friggin' ASTEROIDS and COMETS and we're going to see Pluto in a few years, but I must admit that I fear that we discovered all the cool stuff years ago and will just see more pix of rocks henceforth
  • by NotSoHeavyD3 (1400425) on Saturday December 03, 2011 @11:13AM (#38250216)
    For my 3ds. I mean those color glasses are ok but the 3ds is better for viewing stereoscopic images than a pair of 3d glasses.
    • by Anonymous Coward
      In this case, the conversion should be easy. I'd just convert the video to separate, numbered .png frames with ffmpeg, extract the red and green channels as grey scale images , merge those side-by-side, scale back to 1280x720 and re-encode as .mp4. Upload to youtube, configure as 3d. What format does a 3ds accept?
    • Re: (Score:3, Interesting)

      by draco ni (42765)

      Yeah. It would be nice if they'd just cross-post it to YouTube. Then I could watch it with my EVO 3d's stereoscopic display. Plus, hey, more exposure for a cool NASA project!

  • no crosseye? (Score:3, Interesting)

    by Eagleshadow (1979074) on Saturday December 03, 2011 @02:19PM (#38251730)
    I'm dissapointed they aren't using yt3d or at least something else where it lets you choose how you want to see the 3D effect. I love looking at side-by-side crosseye videos, and really dislike the red/green or red/blue glasses for they make the colors look crappy and make my head hurt. On the other hand, I've watched whole Cameron's Avatar in crosseye without troubles.
    • Re: (Score:2, Interesting)

      by Anonymous Coward
      I've just converted the video with ffmpeg+imagemagick to side-by-side stereo and uploaded it to youtube. It's entirely grayscale now, but that only really affects the logo at the beginning. Also, ffmpeg crashes close to the end, but only a few seconds are missing. Enjoy in porper yt3d []. Since my eyes suck, and I'm too lazy to grab my glasses, I'm only moderately sure that the left/right frame setting is correct.
      • Awesome :) thanks for reposting this to youtube and using your awesome ffmpeg skills to convert it to yt3d :) Swap left-right needs to be turned on for crosseyed viewing, just in case anyone is wondering.
      • Works great on my Evo 3D, though I still saw a double-image in places.

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