Recovery of a missing color component in stereo images (or helping NASA find little green Martians)

Serdar Ince, Janusz Konrad, Andrew J. Woods, Mark T. Bolas, John O. Merritt, Ian E. McDowall
2005 Stereoscopic Displays and Virtual Reality Systems XII  
Recent project of National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) to Mars promised to show 3D images of Mars surface. Spirit and Opportunity, identical Mars rovers of NASA, are equipped with a high-resolution stereo camera pair, called PanCam. Most cameras used by people are sensitive to three color bands, namely red (R), green (G) and blue (B). The PanCam is equipped with more color bands since it was designed to deliver more information to geologists. NASA scientists use special filters
more » ... o create an RGB image from PanCam's outputs. However, while these filters can reconstruct RGB components of left image properly, they can reconstruct only R and B components of the right image. Therefore, since G component of the right image is missing, currently it is not possible to view a color 3D image of Mars. Considering this problem, the aim of this research is to reconstruct the third color component of an image given its two color components and the other image from stereo.
doi:10.1117/12.580752 fatcat:nwigw3yakfhzhcfyf5pcbv72ze