Japanese spacecraft will shoot Martian Mons in 8K resolution


Mars in 8K

Together with the Japan Broadcasting Corporation (NHK), the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) has announced that it plans to take photographs of the mysterious moons of Mars that can shoot 8K ultra-high-definition images.

If successful, this may be the first time in history that Mars and its moons have been captured in such a manner.

To pull this off, the two organizations are teaming up to develop a “super high-vision camera”, which will be connected to JXA’s Martian Moons Explacement (MMX) spacecraft, to be launched in 2024.

Phobos anomaly

The MMX mission, Greenlight by the Japanese government in February, will attempt to uncover the mysteries surrounding the origin stories of two relatively small moons of Mars, Deimos and Phobos. They are highly unusual because they orbit the red planet at extremely close distances. The orbit of Dimos takes it about 3,700 miles from the Martian surface – about one percent of the distance between the Earth and the Moon.

In addition to the camera, the spacecraft will carry 11 scientific instruments to the Martian system. It will also attempt to collect a sample of land from the surface of Phobos before taking the long journey home.

Camera will snap ultra-HD images And broadcast them for the world to see, courtesy of JAXA. The untouched files will be stored locally on a recording device attached to the MMX spacecraft and hopefully it will all return to Earth – if all goes according to plan.

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