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Optical designs for the Mars '03 rover cameras

December 5, 2001
In 2003, NASA is planning to send two robotic rover vehicles to explore the surface of Mars. The spacecraft will land on airbags in different, carefully chosen locations. The search for evidence indicating conditions favorable for past or present life will be a high priority. Each rover will carry a total of ten cameras of five various types. There will be a stereo pair of color panoramic cameras, a stereo pair of wide- field navigation cameras, one close-up camera on a movable arm, two stereo pairs of fisheye cameras for hazard avoidance, and one Sun sensor camera. This paper discusses the lenses for these cameras. Included are the specifications, design approaches, expected optical performances, prescriptions, and tolerances.
Publication Year 2001
Title Optical designs for the Mars '03 rover cameras
DOI 10.1117/12.449558
Authors Gregory Hallock Smith, E.C. Hagerott, Lawrence M. Scherr, Kenneth E. Herkenhoff, James F. Bell
Publication Type Conference Paper
Publication Subtype Conference Paper
Index ID 70201127
Record Source USGS Publications Warehouse
USGS Organization Astrogeology Science Center