These videos are truly out of this world.
Extraordinary images captured by NASA’s robotic rovers are giving Earthlings their first look at Mars in state-of-the-art, ultra high-definition video.
A 10-minute clip posted on YouTube features panoramic views of the Red Planet’s surface, including sweeping deserts, massive dunes, craggy outcroppings and cracked ground strewn with jagged rocks.
“This is the first time Martian footage has been rendered in stunning, 4K resolution,” a narrator intones as haunting music plays in the background.
The video’s “journey across the surface of another world” was posted by Britain’s ElderFox Documentaries, which said it was created using digital photos shot by three NASA rovers — Spirit, Opportunity and Curiosity — and beamed back to Earth.
They were then “stitched together” to create the illusion of a camera panning across desolate and barren landscape — and provide what the narrator calls the “most lifelike experience of being on Mars.”
The locations featured in the video bear names that include “Cape Verde,” “Santa Maria Crater,” “Burns Cliff” and “Marathon Valley Entrance.”
Some shots capture parts of the rovers that were recording the images, while others have small black sections that represent scenery that wasn’t photographed.
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