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3D Video of Asteroid Vesta

timothy posted more than 2 years ago | from the why-there-is-the-internet dept.

NASA 26

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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Enjoy Your Vesta Meal! (-1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#38249836)

Enough said, already.

3D Video of Android Vista (4, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#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!"

Re:3D Video of Android Vista (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#38250490)

and I saw Asteroid "Vespa" named for the princess who was to marry Prince Valium.

Re:3D Video of Android Vista (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#38251792)

If you don't stop with your stupid comments, there's gonna be a special delivery for you!

Very cool. (4, Insightful)

pz (113803) | more than 2 years ago | (#38249848)

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!

Re:Very cool. (1)

MickLinux (579158) | more than 2 years ago | (#38252884)

Yeah, that is cool. Maybe I could make something like that in Claymation, and put it on YouTube.

Re:Very cool. (2)

pz (113803) | more than 2 years ago | (#38253538)

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.

Re:Very cool. (1)

cthulhu11 (842924) | more than 2 years ago | (#38255576)

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

Don't we need "Blue Danube"? (-1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#38249868)

Should be playing in the background :-)

PARTEEE !! (-1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#38249902)

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Stereoscopic Video of Asteroid Vesta (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#38249980)

It's stereoscopic, not 3D. While the difference might be considered nitpicking by some, for me it's an important distinction. I can look at 3D all day long, whereas stereoscopic imagery will give me (almost) instant headaches.

(Something to do with the 3D "depth" of stereoscopic images always being on the same focal plane, unlike true 3D where objects at different distances require focal adjustments. My poor tiny shriveled up brain is painfully aware that stereoscopic images are actually flat in terms of focus. Maybe I need a new brain.)

Re:Stereoscopic Video of Asteroid Vesta (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#38258292)

Nothing you said about stereoscopic vs 3D was correct. There's no difference in the technology other than the method of separating eyes.

Re:Stereoscopic Video of Asteroid Vesta (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#38269348)

Huh??? Stereoscopic imaging and real life 3D are very different. All stereoscopic methods, whether it be red/blue glasses, polarized glasses, cross-eyed, etc., has the same focal plane. Real life 3D does not.

Awful narration (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#38250096)

This was a cool video, so why did they choose such a terrible narrator for it? I think my favorite part was around 1:05 when the narrator says, "It's a cratered? Mound? And also shows many features where ... material has slumped? Revealing ... pressure material underneath? And here we can see one of those slumps. And the scarp. In the distance."

Honestly NASA, you'd impress more people with your work if you avoided this kind of "let's just throw some shit together" production. Yes, I saw the introduction, so I know the narrator is the "Deputy Principal Investigator" of the project. But you can't tell me there wasn't someone else on the team that actually had some decent skills as a public speaker. Just because someone is an excellent "investigator" doesn't mean they're an excellent narrator, or ballet dancer, or cardiologist. Does that really have to be explained to you?

Oh, and at about 0:10 in, part of the closed caption reads "oblique" when, remarkably, it's clear the narrator says "oblate." (There's a difference between those two words, NASA. Maybe you can find a scientist somewhere to explain it to you.) Likewise at 1:20, there's a difference between "lineations" and "limitations".

Maybe the libertarians are right. With a pile of tax dollars guaranteed to be shoveled into your organization every year, maybe you have no incentive to deliver a stellar performance every time you attempt to engage with the public.

Re:Awful narration (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#38250660)

This was a cool video, so why did they choose such a terrible narrator for it? ... Yes, I saw the introduction, so I know the narrator is the "Deputy Principal Investigator" of the project. But you can't tell me there wasn't someone else on the team that actually had some decent skills as a public speaker. Just because someone is an excellent "investigator" doesn't mean they're an excellent narrator, or ballet dancer, or cardiologist...

Dude, they're an aerospace development and research agency, performing cutting edge science and flying REAL spacecraft, not fucking Hollywood. I think they have more important things to do with their ever-shrinking budget than satisfy your desire for a bloody George Lucas production. I'd rather hear the people involved rather than some professional voiceover, or Bob over in Supplies because he's got a nice speaking voice. Those are the folks that deserve a least a tiny moment of public recognition for their work.

I wish they had a version of that video (3, Interesting)

NotSoHeavyD3 (1400425) | more than 2 years ago | (#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.

Re:I wish they had a version of that video (1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#38250846)

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:I wish they had a version of that video (3, Interesting)

draco ni (42765) | more than 2 years ago | (#38252106)

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? (3, Interesting)

Eagleshadow (1979074) | more than 2 years ago | (#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:no crosseye? (2, Interesting)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#38252382)

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 [youtube.com] . 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.

Re:no crosseye? (1)

Eagleshadow (1979074) | more than 2 years ago | (#38252878)

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.

Re:no crosseye? (1)

Bitmanhome (254112) | more than 2 years ago | (#38254174)

Works great on my Evo 3D, though I still saw a double-image in places.

Re:no crosseye? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#38256284)

The original video isn't too good, for some reason they have chosen to increase the framerate by interpolating between frames, which does produce double images with in a single frame, for each eye. This is especially bad since the left/right frames are taken from a single moving camera, so that the interpolation is bound to mess with the stereo effect.

Now you all suddenly want a stereo display... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#38251880)

...and don't care about the headache anymore, don't ya? ^^

Re:Now you all suddenly want a stereo display... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#38255558)

I'm pretty sure those aren't the guys who suffer from headaches when watching 3D movies.

obligatory xkcd (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#38252994)

http://xkcd.com/941/

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