That country’s space agency partnered with a company that operates television channels to develop a special device that will be sent to the red planet.
A new initiative will allow us to discover secrets of Mars in very high resolution. The Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) and Japan Broadcasting Corporation (NHK), a public media company, partnered to create a camera that will be sent to the red planet and will capture images in 4K and 8K resolutions.
“We will work to convey the attractiveness of a new horizon that has never been seen in detail before,” they comment from the Japanese agency in a release. Dubbed “Super Hi-Vision,” the camera will be coupled to JAXA’s MMX mission. As they explain, it will be the first time in history ultra high definition images of Mars and its moons have been taken in close proximity, Phobos and Deimos.
The Japanese space agency plans to send the MMX spacecraft around 2024, which will travel from Earth approximately 300 million kilometers until reaching the red planet, a journey that will stretch until 2025. From JAXA they point out that the device will not only record images of those distant scenes, but will also help to observe the behavior of the ship and influence its control.
The mission, including the advanced camera, aims to shed light on the “origin of the moons of Mars and the evolutionary process of the Martian system ”. Additionally, MMX is expected to touch the soil of Phobos and collect sand from its surface.
The camera created together with NHK will take pictures at regular intervals to create a uniform image of Mars. The collected material will be partially sent to Earth and the original files will be stored in a capsule that will then be returned to our planet.
The announced is not the first collaboration between the Japanese space agency and NHK, a chain that was founded in 1926 and that operates television channels, satellite services, radios and a web portal. In this sense, they point out that the Martian initiative will be based on the experience accumulated in past cooperations.
“Over the years, JAXA and NHK took on the challenge of delivering images of space development with live broadcast from the space shuttle in 1992, followed by HD footage from the Kaguya lunar orbiter, 4K footage from the International Space Station, and visualize the landing operation of the Hayabusa2 asteroid probe ”, they pointed out in this regard.
Such as note the place PetaPixel, this new collaboration is literally an “out of this world” initiative. We will have to wait until 2025 to see the first fruits of this joint work and of the camera capable of recording in 8K 300 million kilometers from home.
Please Note: With 7680 x 4320 pixels or 33 million pixels, 8K is four times higher than 4K and has 16 times the resolution of a Full HD TV.