Thermal Imaging Clip of the Week: Can MythBusters outsmart Thermal Cameras?

Every now and then we like to take a look back at some of our most popular blog posts. In case you missed it, here\’s our favorite clip from MythBusters as they attempt to outsmart Thermal Imaging Cameras!  

 

\"\"Have you ever ever wonderd how sensitive thermal vision cameras really are? The masterminds at MythBusters test different myths to see if they can pass undetected through thermal heat sensing cameras, without tripping the alarm.
The gang tries everything from fire extinguishers, neoprene body suits, and even mud. Surprisingly one of their tactics actually worked! However, we don\’t suggest taking any chances in trying to outsmart any security camera, with growing technology security and thermal cameras are more sensitive than ever!

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Do you have any myths they didn\’t try?
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or join the conversation already in progress on YouTube!

Thermal Imaging Clip of the Week: Using Thermal Cameras to Find Life on Mars!

With the recent landing of the Mars Rover \’Curiosity\’, the interest in finding life on Mars has been growing increasingly.


NASA has created a Quantum Well Infrared Photodetector (QWIP) which allows researchers to use thermal imaging cameras to detect infrared wavelengths of particular objects and areas. The QWIP detector can spectrally tune to specific wavelengths, highlighting different ranges in temperature.

Planetary researchers working on the exploration of Mars are especially interested in using the QWIP to find cavernous locations that could potentially host life. Using this technology the researchers are able to locate cave openings by the thermal contrast of the subterranean hole to the surface area around the opening. During the course of a day the land temperature will change due to the heat of the sun, however the shielded interior of the cave will remain almost the same temperature over the span of the day.

In theory, NASA would be able to determine areas of interest and send rovers, such as the Mars Curiosity, on more targeted missions in the search of life. The Curiosity Rover was not outfitted with this technology because planning and construction of the craft began in 2004, before QWIP was created.

Scientists hope that this technology can be spread to other various applications such as the detection of polluted waterways, land hotspots, wildfire recognition, military weapon guidance, medical cancer detection, and even shelf life of produce.

Do you think NASA will find life on Mars?
Let us know what you think in the comment section!