See Mars in Ultra High Resolution Images

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We may yet make it to Mars within our lifetimes but there’s a still a long way to go yet before a human walks on the Red Planet.

Happily, man made objects have already made it there, with several missions spending time near or orbiting the planet in recent years. One early mission was the Beagle 2 lander, which was lost on Christmas Day 2003 when it failed to establish contact with a ground crew.

Now, more than 12 years later, advanced new technology has made it possible to see the surface of Mars in higher detail than ever before, and it has also revealed more about what happened to the Beagle 2.

Space.com reports that images taken by NASA’s Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter over the last number of years have been stacked and matched to provide a wealth of information that was previously invisible. Features that are just 2 inches wide on the ground can now be seen from orbit.

This tech has helped to determine that the Beagle 2 failed to unfurl it’s solar array fully and was unable to maintain radio contact. It will also help scientists to learn even more about this mysterious  planet, long before we ever manage to set foot there .

Check out the before and after comparisons below and find out more at this link.

 

The process of layering multiple images for extra detail is also used in high dynamic range photography, with bracketed exposures creating an image that has more information in the light and dark areas of the frame. This technology has more recently been applied in other ways, especially in the latest high spec televisions.

HDR TVs are capable of reproducing great colour depth for more realistic tones and also allow for better detail in areas which would normally have been deep shadow or totally blown out. It’s the latest in home viewing technology for the most advanced TV sets and services like Netflix are starting to offer content in native HDR.

You can find a range of HDR ready TVs at Harvey Norman now. 

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