Brian May Confirms That He Is In The Team For The New NASA Mission To Mars
Queen guitarist Brian May posted the picture the first stereo view taken from the surface of Mars itself on Instagram and revealed that he was a member of the team for NASA’s new mission to Mars.
As you might know, Queen legend Brian May is also an astrophysicist with a Ph.D. Brian has been sharing unique and important astronomical events on his Instagram account. He often informed his fans and followers about these events and invites them to watch the sky on certain dates.
Recently on Instagram, Brian May posted the picture of the first stereo view ever made of the two Martian moons Phobos and Deimos taken from the surface of Mars itself of which he made a 3-D version as well. May also stated that he was really excited about the new NASA mission to Mars which is due to touch down in just 4 days.
As he gave the details of the new NASA mission, which included landing a new rover called Perseverance a helicopter on the Martian surface, Brian May also revealed that he was proud to be a team member of the expedition along with Claudia Manzoni with whom he will work on making 3-D versions of the images from Mars that will be taken by the stereo camera on Perseverance.
Here is what Brian May stated in the caption of his post:
“I believe this is the first stereo view ever made of the two Martian moons Phobos and Deimos taken from the surface of Mars itself. Thanks to having the honor to communicate with NASA’s top man Jim Bell, I was able to find the elements of this picture in the archives of the Mars Rover SPIRIT – and couldn’t resist making a 3-D version.
The left and right images here are two frames from a movie taken by the Spirit camera looking up into the sky on Mars at night. The apparent distances of Phobos (below) and the smaller moon Deimos (above) have some authenticity because the angular speeds of the two satellites are what gave us the ‘parallax’ differences here.
I’m excited because the new NASA mission to Mars is due to touch down in just 4 days time. It will miraculously land a new rover called Perseverance and a helicopter on the Martian surface – at a perfect location to study deposits in an ancient river delta – with the possibility of finding the remains of – Life on Mars. Amazing stuff. 💥💥
Perseverance has a great stereo camera onboard !!! Claudia Manzoni and I are proud to be team members of the expedition and will hopefully be bringing you 3-D treats from Mars soon. Watch this space !!! Bri”
Click here to see the Instagram post.