The Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) continues to dazzle the world with its lunar exploration achievements. In a recent development, ISRO has released captivating 3D ‘anaglyph’ images of the Moon’s surface, featuring the Chandrayaan-3 Vikram lander. Here’s what you need to know about this exciting development:
Visualizing the Moon in 3D:
- ISRO’s 3D ‘anaglyph’ image of the Chandrayaan-3 Vikram lander provides a three-dimensional view of the lunar landscape. It accomplishes this by combining left and right images within different color channels.
- The left image is placed in the red channel, while the right image is situated in the blue and green channels, resulting in a striking cyan hue. This color contrast enhances the 3D effect.
How to Experience the 3D Effect:
- To fully appreciate the 3D imagery, viewers are recommended to use red and cyan glasses for a truly immersive experience.
- The slight difference in perspective between the two images creates a stereo effect, giving the visual impression of three dimensions.
- The 3D ‘anaglyph’ images were created using NavCam Stereo Images, captured onboard the Pragyan Rover.
- NavCam was developed by LEOS/ISRO, and data processing was carried out by SAC/ISRO.
Status of Vikram Lander and Pragyaan:
- ISRO recently announced that the Vikram Lander has been placed in sleep mode, with data collection from the payloads completed and the payloads switched off.
- It is anticipated that the Vikram Lander and Pragyaan will be reactivated around September 22.
A Historic Lunar Achievement:
- This release of 3D images comes after India’s monumental achievement on August 23, when the Chandrayaan-3 lander module successfully touched down on the Moon’s south pole.
- India became the fourth country in the world, following the US, China, and Russia, to successfully land on the Moon’s surface, marking a historic moment in space exploration.
ISRO’s dedication to lunar exploration and its commitment to sharing these incredible visuals continue to inspire and captivate audiences worldwide.