Highest GigaPan Panoramas Taken On Earth's Surface

Sep 19, 2009
GigaPan Imager taking a panorama at Camp II on Mt. Everest. Credit: Scott Parazynski

(PhysOrg.com) -- On May 20, 2009, former NASA astronaut and Ames employee Scott Parazynski became the first person to have been to space and to climb to the summit of Mount Everest. On his way to the summit Parazynski was able to capture several photographic panoramas from record-setting heights.

An avid climber, Parazynski's main goal was to scale the majestic mountain. However, on his way up, Parazynski also captured two GigaPan panoramic images. He used a GigaPan Epic, a precision robotic camera mount that allows a series of finely coordinated high-resolution images to be taken of a large expanse of scenery. After the images were taken, special software stitched them together to form one dynamic panoramic image containing millions of pixels in breathtaking detail.

Panorama taken at Camp II, Mt. Everest: gigapan.org/viewGigapan.php?id=31579
Panorama taken at Camp IV, Mt. Everest: http://share.gigapan.org/viewGigapan.php?id=32020

Highest GigaPan Panoramas Taken On Earth's Surface
Panorama taken at Camp II, Mt. Everest. Credit: Scott Parazynski

Keith Cowing was stationed at Everest Base Camp for a month so as to collect and relay Parazynski's progress to friends and followers. Cowing and Parazynski are both members of the Board of Directors of the Challenger Center for Space Science Education (http://www.challenger.org) headquartered in Alexandria, Va. To read more about their expedition, visit: http://www.onorbit.com/ .

GigaPan was developed by Carnegie Mellon University in collaboration with the NASA Ames Research Center's Intelligent Robotics Group, with support from Google, to create high-resolution panoramic images. GigaPan Systems was established in 2008 to bring this powerful, high-resolution imaging capability to a broad audience as a commercial spin-off.

Provided by JPL/NASA (news : web)

Explore further: The ethics of driverless cars

add to favorites email to friend print save as pdf

Related Stories

Spirit's 'Everest' Panorama

Nov 08, 2005

If a human with perfect vision donned a spacesuit and stepped onto the martian surface, the view would be as clear as this sweeping panorama taken by NASA's Mars Exploration Rover Spirit.

NASA Heads up Mt. Everest

Apr 13, 2009

Steve "Ark" Vander Ark takes a deep breath at the foot of the stairs in a lonely, dusky stairwell, then turns and heads up ten long flights of steps - for the eighth time. He'll repeat this ritual thrice more, ...

Italy plans monitor high on Everest

Oct 04, 2006

Italy plans to set up an atmospheric monitoring station on Mount Everest on the Nepal-China border, more than 24,000 feet above sea level.

'Super Sherpa' climbs to clean up Everest

Apr 06, 2009

Apa Sherpa has stood on top of the world more times than anyone in history, and now he is heading back up Mount Everest, not for the fame or glory, but in the name of environmental protection.

Recommended for you

Google to help boost Greece's tourism industry

13 minutes ago

Internet giant Google will offer management courses to 3,000 tourism businesses on the island of Crete as part of an initiative to promote the sector in Greece, industry union Sete said on Thursday.

Enabling a new future for cloud computing

1 hour ago

The National Science Foundation (NSF) today announced two $10 million projects to create cloud computing testbeds—to be called "Chameleon" and "CloudLab"—that will enable the academic research community ...

Hitchhiking robot reaches journey's end in Canada

4 hours ago

A chatty robot with an LED-lit smiley face sent hitchhiking across Canada this summer as part of a social experiment reached its final destination Thursday after several thousand kilometers on the road.

Microsoft to unveil new Windows software

5 hours ago

A news report out Thursday indicated that Microsoft is poised to give the world a glimpse at a new-generation computer operating system that will succeed Windows 8.

Music site SoundCloud to start paying artists

6 hours ago

SoundCloud said Thursday that it will start paying artists and record companies whose music is played on the popular streaming site, a move that will bring it in line with competitors such as YouTube and Spotify.

User comments : 1

Adjust slider to filter visible comments by rank

Display comments: newest first

TJ_alberta
not rated yet Sep 19, 2009
great pics. you can see that their VHF radio antenna is broken off just over the loading coil.