Dec 8, 2008 | 3
New images from the Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter show the Red Planet's surface in extraordinary detail—and in three dimensions to boot. The photos, known as anaglyphs, come from the orbiter's High Resolution Imaging Science Experiment, or HiRISE, billed as the most powerful camera ever placed in another planet's orbit.
NASA and the University of Arizona, one of the science partners in HiRISE, picked a great destination for such advanced equipment: the peaks and craters of Mars stand out in mind-bogglingly stark relief. (The University of Arizona says that the camera resolves features as small as 3.3 feet, or one meter.) You might find yourself, as this reporter did, leaving smudges on your computer screen as you try to touch the raised rim of a crater. A word of caution, though: don't try to view all 362 images in one sitting—scrolling through the massive high-rez landscapes can make one a bit carsick after a while. But for the privilege of a virtual tour of the Martian surface from the comfort of your home or office, a little nausea seems a small price to pay.
Dec 4, 2008
Some lucky viewers will feel as if they're right on the field at tonight's football game between the Oakland Raiders and the San Diego Chargers, without going any farther than their local movie house. In addition to the usual TV coverage, the game will be simulcast in 3-D to private theater audiences in Los Angeles, New York and Boston by the Burbank, Calif., firm 3ality Digital.
"We are merely doing a test for our friends at the NFL to show them definitively that this digital 3-D technology is now," 3ality chairman David Modell told the Associated Press. Modell likely has many friends in the league—he's a former president of the Baltimore Ravens and the son of Art Modell, who owned the Ravens and their predecessor, the original incarnation of the Cleveland Browns, for more than 40 years.
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