The Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency and broadcaster NHK are collaborating to develop a space camera that can shoot in 4K and 8K resolutions to capture Mars like never before. Meanwhile, the 8K video remains prohibitive back here on Earth, so if you̵
In a press release Announcing the collaboration this week, JAXA said this “Super Hi-Vision Camera” will film the red planet and its moons, Phobos and Deimos, during the agency’s planned Martian Moons eX.ploration mission. Once installed on the MMX spacecraft, it will take images of Mars at regular intervals and partially transmit them to Earth to “create a uniform image” and store the originals in a return capsule home.
In addition to filming Mars, the camera would also help JAXA and NHK visualize the spacecraft’s behavior on Earth by combining flight data with its ultra-high resolution images. It could also help them operate the spacecraft, JAXA added.
“Shooting MMX’s mission in the Martian system, 300 million kilometers from Earth, with the newly developed Super Hi-Vision camera, JAXA and NHK will work together to convey the fascination of a new horizon that has never been seen in detail. before, to many people in a vivid and inspiring way, “JAXA said.
MMX is slated to launch in 2024 and will reach Mars by 2025, so it will take a while longer to see that 8K footage. With such detailed images, however, it could help scientists unravel the riddle of Mars history and provide a closer look at how microbes is water resist on the surface of the planet. And of course, NHK will drop the deal with literally one-of-a-kind footage that no other broadcaster can hope to match. Now that is what you call a win-win situation.