Mars Science Laboratory (MSL) Mast Camera (Mastcam) News and Events
MSSS Press Release about Mastcam 34 and 100 mm Delivery and New Zoom Lens Effort, 6 April 2010
The Mastcam 34 and 100 mm fixed focal length cameras were delivered to JPL. Meanwhile, NASA decided to have MSSS build up a pair of the original Mastcam design with zoom lenses. Later in the year, NASA will decide which pair of Mastcams will fly to Mars on MSL.
NASA decided to delay MSL launch to 2011. Landing will occur in 2012.
A re-design of the Mast Cameras was approved by JPL and NASA to accommodate the descope of the zoom capability. The original Mastcam science objectives will be addressed by (a) including a focus capability and (b) giving each camera a lens with a different focal length—one will have a 100 mm focal length, the other, 34 mm. The 100 mm focal length camera is designed to achieve 7.4 cm per pixel scale at 1 km distance and about 150 microns per pixel at 2 m distance. The 34 mm focal length camera will obtain 450 microns per pixel images at 2 m distance and about 22 cm per pixel at 1 km distance.
NASA decided to descope the Mastcam zoom capability.
The Mastcam, MAHLI, MARDI Critical Design Review was held 21–23 February 2007.
The Mastcam, MAHLI, MARDI Preliminary Design Review was held 2–3 February 2006.
The Mastcam, MAHLI, and MARDI science investigations were selected for MSL by NASA on 14 December 2004.
The Mastcam science investigation proposal was submitted to NASA.
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