posted on Oct, 12 2011 @ 07:11 AM
reply to post by scratchmane
The Curiosity rover will be more than five times as massive, and carry more than ten times the mass of scientific instruments as the rovers Spirit or
MastCam: This system will provide multiple spectra and true color imaging with two cameras. The cameras can take true color images at 1600x1200
pixels and up to 10 frames per second hardware-compressed, high-definition video at 720p (1280x720). One camera will be the Medium Angle Camera
(MAC) which has a 34 mm focal length, a 15 degree field of view, and can yield 22 cm/pixel scale at 1 km. The other camera will be the Narrow
Angle Camera (NAC) which has a 100 mm focal length, a 5.1-degree field of view, and can yield 7.4 cm/pixel scale at 1 km.
Mars Hand Lens Imager (MAHLI): This system will consist of a camera mounted to a robotic arm on the rover. It will be used to acquire microscopic
images of rock and soil. MAHLI can take true color images at 1600x1200 pixels with a resolution as high as 14.5 micrometers per pixel.
MSL Mars Descent Imager (MARDI): During the descent to the Martian surface, MARDI will take color images at 1600x1200 pixels with a 1.3 millisecond
exposure time starting at distances of about 3.7 km to near 5 meters from the ground and will take images at a rate of 5 frames per second for about 2
minutes. MARDI has a pixel scale of 1.5 meters at 2 km to 1.5 millimeters at 2 meters and has a 90 degree circular field of view.
ChemCam is a suite of remote sensing instruments, including the first laser-induced breakdown spectroscopy (LIBS) system to be used for planetary
science and a remote micro-imager (RMI). The LIBS instrument can target a rock or soil sample from up to 7 meters away, vaporizing a small
amount of it and then collecting a spectrum of the light emitted by the vaporized rock. An infrared laser with 1067 nm wavelength and a 5
nanosecond pulse will focus on a sub-millimeter spot with a power in excess of 10 megawatts, depositing 15mJ of energy.
Hazard Avoidance Cameras (Hazcams) The MSL will use two pairs of black and white navigation cameras located on the front left and right and rear left
and right of the rover. The Hazard Avoidance Cameras (also called Hazcams) are used for autonomous hazard avoidance during rover drives and
for safe positioning of the robotic arm on rocks and soils.
Navigation Cameras (Navcams) The MSL will use a pair of black and white navigation cameras mounted on the mast to support ground navigation.
The cameras will use visible light to capture stereoscopic 3-D imagery. The cameras have a 45 degree field of view.[
Source: wiki link
Looks like they have enough cams to my untrained eye.
edit on 12/10/11 by LightSpeedDriver because: Reposted link to wiki as it failed due
to a bracket (I think)