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«Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic».
A. C. Clark

Case studies — Stereo photographs

The «3D portraits of Earth» project was designed as an addition to the «Virtual World of GLONASS» interactive presentation.

Its main goal was to draw attention to the exposition of FGUP RNIIKP at the Le Bourget 2009 Aerospace Show.

The idea was to choose and convert the most interesting photos of our planet into 2D+ format for demonstration on the glasses-free Philips WOWvx 3D display.

We contacted Russian cosmonaut Fyodor Nikolayevich Yurchikhin and asked him to give us some pictures taken during his work aboard the International Space Station. The cosmonaut was very generous and allowed us to use most of his photos. We selected a number of photographs that looked most effectively in depth perception, and converted them into a stereo format. Photos were personally approved by the author and prepared for demonstration at public events.

All pictures were initially taken by cosmonauts in mono format, and then manually converted into 3D format for viewing on the glasses-free Philips WOWvx displays.

After hours of work we created 26 amazing three-dimensional pictures that include photos of a shuttle docking with the ISS and cosmonauts working in outer space, images of mountain ranges, meteor craters, diamond mines, igneous rock and other unusual landscapes of the Earth. It may be said without exaggeration that this spectacular project has already traveled half the globe. Besides Moscow it was demonstrated at the Baikonur Cosmodrome, in Paris, Dubai and Santiago (Chile) and in many more other places.

These unusual photos give us a unique opportunity to see our planet through the eyes of cosmonauts, as if we were in orbit and observed our planet from the International Space Station.

You can see the pictures at the stand of JSC Russian Space Systems on different exhibitions, and at any time in EligoVision’s office.