Now you can watch NASA’s Ingenuity helicopter fly over Mars in 3D

Now you can watch NASA's Ingenuity helicopter fly over Mars in 3D

NASA has been sharing a steady stream of content from the Ingenuity helicopter mission on Mars, and its latest offering is the most immersive yet .

The space agency has published a 3D video of the third flight of the small helicopter over the red planet, which took place on April 25.

Rendering the flight in 3D

The images were captured by a pair of zoom cameras attached to the mast of the Perseverance rover, which carried Ingenuity to Mars. The images were then transmitted to Earth, where NASA science engineers rendered the flight in 3D .

First, they had to stitch the images into a video. They then reprojected the frames to optimize the display in an anaglyph, which works by overlaying two images captured from different angles. When viewed through glasses with different colors on each lens, the images receive a stereoscopic 3D effect .

If you don’t have your own 3D glasses, NASA has a guide on how to make a pair. And if that seems too much for you, you can also see the flight in 2D , although it is more boring: