The Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency and the broadcaster NHK are jointly developing a space camera that can film in 4K and 8K resolutions to capture Mars as it has never been seen before. In the meantime, 8K video remains prohibitively expensive down here on earth. So if you’re looking to get ridiculously high-resolution footage, it might as well be something out of the ordinary.
In a press release announcing the collaboration earlier this week, JAXA said this “Super Hi-Vision Camera” will film the red planet and its moons Phobos and Deimos during the agency’s Martian Moons’ planned eXploration mission. After installation on the MMX spaceship, images of Mars are taken at regular intervals and partially transferred to Earth in order to create a “smooth image”
In addition to capturing Mars, the JAXA and NHK camera would help visualize spacecraft behavior on Earth by combining flight data with high-resolution images. It could also help them operate the spaceship, JAXA added.
“By recording MMX’s mission in the Mars system 300 million kilometers from Earth with the newly developed Super Hi-Vision camera, JAXA and NHK will work together to convey the appeal of a new horizon that has never been seen in detail Was seen. to many people in a lively and inspiring way, ”said JAXA.
MMX is scheduled to launch in 2024 and reach Mars by 2025. So it will be a while before we can see the 8K footage. With detailed images, it could help scientists solve the mystery of Martian history and study more closely how microbes and water survive on the planet’s surface. And of course, NHK is going to step back from the deal with literally unique footage that no other broadcaster can reach. Now This is What you call a win-win situation.