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Jan Fröjdman: A Fictive Flight Above Real Mars

Filmmaker Jan Fröjdman has spent three months converting HiRISE photos into a short video that allows us to fly over Mars in magnificent fashion. The HiRISE camera has been photographing the Red Planet inch-by-inch from the Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter over the course of 12 years. It has collected around 50,000 still images and NASA has made every one of them public.

The anaglyph images of Mars taken by the HiRISE camera holds information about the topography of Mars surface. There are hundreds of high-resolution images of this type. This gives the opportunity to create different studies in 3D. In this film I have chosen some locations and processed the images into panning video clips. There is a feeling that you are flying above Mars looking down watching interesting locations on the planet. And there are really great places on Mars!

The resulting film is a 3D conversion with data selected by Fröjdman from the available photos. It took him 3 months of calendar time working with the project and yes, it was worth it.