NASA brings an extraordinary 3D experience to your computer with
a series of fascinating new videos captured by a Panasonic 3DA1 3D
Astronauts aboard the International Space Station (ISS) have just
sent back some 3D clips giving viewers a more realistic
representation of living and working on the International Space
Station and other captivating images from the space program.
NASA has decades of experience in recording and documenting in
space, however they took the next step by bringing back stunning
footage from space. The crew of STS-135 were supplied a 3DA1 3D
camcorder so they could document the final space shuttle mission,
the orbiter Atlantis, in July 2011. The camera stayed on the space
station so the various crews could record their experiences and
share them with the world.
Imagery Experts Programe Manager Rodney Grubbs says that they have
noticed a degradation of their cameras throughout the
decades. Increased radiation in space affects ordinary
cameras, burning out hundreds to thousands of pixels - enough for
them to need replacing every eight to 12 months. The
astronauts noticed, however, that the 3DA1, the first 3D camera
brought aboard the station in 2011, remained largely the same
through the years.
According to Mr. Grubbs, when the original 3D camera was brought
back to the earth, they "found the overlay of the two stereo images
forming the 3D picture may have helped lessen the appearance of
damaged pixels." More importantly, the camera performed
better because it used a CMOS sensor and not the more traditional
CCD in previous cameras.
Scientists and engineers also are interested in this investigation
of 3D cameras for possible future use to determine proximity in
space and for rendezvous and docking operations.