Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (MRO) Context Camera (CTX)

Photograph of the MRO Context Camera.

The Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (MRO) Context Camera (CTX) is currently orbiting Mars and acquiring grayscale (black & white) images at 6 meters per pixel scale over a swath 30 kilometers wide. CTX provides context images for the MRO HiRISE and CRISM, is used to monitor changes occurring on the planet, acquires stereopairs of select, critical science targets, and has (as of February 2010) covered more than 50% of the planet.

Launch: 12 August 2005 Mars Orbit Insertion: 10 March 2006 Status: Orbiting, imaging Mars


MRO CTX Images

CTX Science Objectives

CTX Instrument Description

Science Team



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