3-D Bliss

Beg, borrow or steal a pair of 3-D glasses. You know the ones. One half is blue, the other red. When you look through them at images taken as stereo pairs, it’s like being there. The Mars Reconnaisance Orbiter has taken over 300 3-D pairs of images, and they’re all available on this website.

There are so many, I risk losing much needed sleep tonight. You’ll be thrilled how real the planet appears — the relief and detail are remarkable when you don your glasses. Careful not stumble down a crater wall or get lost among the canyons of Candor Chasma.

Included here are several images that made an impression on me, but you’ll find your own personal favorites. If you don’t own a pair of 3-D glasses, they’re available cheap over the Internet. You can use NASA’s link to guide you to a variety of sites.

Pit craters of the Tractus crater chain. Credit: all images NASA/JPL/Univ. of Arizona

Shalbatana Valley. Notice the parallel sand dunes on the valley floor.

Zumba crater — a fresh one.

Layered deposits in Candor Chasma, one of the largest canyons in the Valley of the Mariners


Gullies, possibly carved by liquid water

2 Responses

  1. buff.gal

    that one picture looks like long octupus tentacles. Mars has always fascinated mankind. Orson Welles’big Halloween trick of October 31 1938 (I was a babe in arms then) really put people over the edge when they thought Martians had landed in the New Jersey wetlands and were on their way to attack NYC!!!

  2. Larry

    I bought 10 pairs of 3D glasses off of eBay for $4. It seems that about twice a year or so something will come on the TV or computer screen and I think to myself “I sure wish I had some 3D glasses right now.” Well now I will.

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