Mars Science Laboratory (MSL) Mars Descent Imager (MARDI)

Photograph of MSL MARDI camera head.

The Mars Science Laboratory (MSL) Mars Descent Imager (MARDI) acquired hundreds of natural color images at a rate of 4 frames per second during MSL’s descent to the Martian surface on August 6th, 2012. Still operational on the surface of Mars, MARDI is now used to image under the rover to support science and engineering activities.



26 November 2011


5 August 2012

Camera Status:

Fully Operational, Aboard Curiosity Rover on the Surface of Mars


MARDI’s view of the heat shield falling to Mars during Curiosity’s landing in Gale Crater.
Image credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/MSSS 


Having fulfilled its original task during landing, MARDI is now used to look under the rover. In this image, you can see a wheel track on the left side, and the corner of a wheel in the upper left corner. 
Image credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/MSSS


This is a less processed image of MARDI's view under the rover. Here the rover tracks and wheel are on the right side of the image. 
Image credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/MSSS


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