NASA’s Next Mars Rover Will Have 23 Eyes

Posted: Nov 4 2017, 3:54pm CDT | by , Updated: Nov 4 2017, 4:04pm CDT, in News | Latest Science News

NASA’s Next Mars Rover will have 23 Eyes
Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech

New rover will send to Mars in 2020. It is a part of long-term effort of robotic exploration of the Red Planet

NASA is aiming to study Red Planet in greater detail than ever before.

The space agency's next rover that will be sent to Mars in 2020 will have 23 cameras to conduct unprecedented scientific exploration on the planet. As the rover navigates the Martian terrain, the cameras will capture dramatic views along the way and provide unique insight into the environmental conditions of Mars.

The Mars 2020 is originally based on the design of highly successful Curiosity Rover, which landed Martian surface five years ago and is still operating on the planet. Curiosity is equipped with 17 cameras, which is the most of any NASA planetary mission to date. The next Mars rover will have more advanced cameras with sophisticated lens and they will make exploration even more intriguing.

"Camera technology keeps improving," said Justin Maki of NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Mars 2020's imaging scientist. "Each successive mission is able to utilize these improvements, with better performance and lower cost."

New rover cameras include CacheCam, SuperCam Remote Micro-Imager, Mastcam-Z, SkyCam and Lander Vision System Camera. Each camera is designed to excel at a specific task and the data collected by them will allow researchers to observe Mars geological processes at a variety of scales. There will even be a camera inside the rover's body, which will analyze samples on Mars surface.

"We were expecting to do that mission on just tens of megabits each Mars day, or sol.” Jim Bell of Arizona State University, Tempe, principal investigator for 2020's Mastcam-Z said.

In general, the Mars 2020 rover will carry more sophisticated, upgraded hardware and new instruments, which will help determine the potential habitability of Mars and search for signs of past life on the planet.

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