Mars Science Laboratory (MSL) Mars Descent Imager (MARDI) News and Events


  • December 2008
    NASA decided to delay MSL launch to 2011. Landing will occur in 2012. 
  • October 2008
    The MSL MARDI camera head has been integrated with the MSL rover. 
  • July 2008
    The MSL MARDI has been completed and delivered to JPL for installation on the new Mars rover. It was the first MSL science instrument to arrive at JPL. See the 17 July 2008 press release
  • November 2007
    The MSL MARDI will fly to Mars. It has been put back on the MSL payload at no extra cost to NASA. For details, please see: Mars Descent Imager Update, Phoenix and MSL MARDI
  • September 2007
    NASA decided to descope MARDI from the MSL payload. In other words, MARDI was removed from MSL as part of an effort to reduce the overall cost of the mission. 
  • February 2007
    The Mastcam, MAHLI, MARDI Critical Design Review was held 21–23 February 2007. 
  • February 2006
    The Mastcam, MAHLI, MARDI Preliminary Design Review was held 2–3 February 2006. 
  • December 2004
    The Mastcam, MAHLI, and MARDI science investigations were selected for MSL by NASA on 14 December 2004. 
  • July 2004
    The MARDI science investigation proposal was submitted to NASA.


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