According to new news, JAXA (Japan’s space agency) will send something to Mars and its moons. To this end, the Japanese space agency will work with Japanese television provider NHK. The launch to Mars could take place in fiscal year 2024 in Japan.
It’s hard to justify 8K videos here on Earth, but that doesn’t stop Japan from capturing high-resolution images elsewhere in the solar system.
The Japanese Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) and television provider NHK are developing 4K and 8K cameras that will capture photos of the planet Mars and its moons (Phobos and Deimos) for the upcoming Martian Moons Exploration (MMX) mission.
The mission will regularly capture images and partially transmit them to Earth to create a quality image, while the original images will be stored in a capsule that will head to our planet.
This should also help visualize the behavior of the space shuttle by combining camera information with flight data.
It could contribute to the operation of the space shuttle, JAXA said. It is believed that the space shuttle will be launched in Japan’s fiscal year 2024 and will reach Mars by fiscal year 2025.
In addition, it will take another few years for that capsule to return to Japan. But the wait might be worth it. MMX should not only provide highly detailed photos of the planet Mars, but will also land on Phobos and collect surface material.
Thus, Japanese scientists will learn new things about the planet Mars. These images could also be a treasure for NHK – the media company could have 8K images that other TV providers may never be able to record on their own.