posted on Aug, 7 2012 @ 03:06 PM
Originally posted by mark1167
...why can't Nasa build a camera that gives us a panoramic view of the Martian sky and horizon as the heat shield falls away and then we can see
everything. But no we get a small square shot of sandy dunes straight below...
As a taxpayer, I'm glad NASA didn't put a high res super wide-angle camera underneath the rover that -- once the rover is on the ground -- would only
be able to take pictures of the ground directly beneath the rover. Such a camera would be mostly pointless, so I don't see the scientific value of
making that camera super-hi-res and super-wide angle.
What makes you think we won't see panoramas? Once the MastCam and the MAHLI are deployed, they will be sending back many many high-resolution
panoramas over the next 2 years (and hopefully longer in an extended mission).
It should be noted that the cameras are NOT the primary science instruments on this rover. Sure -- pictures have scientific value, but there is
- A Laser-induced breakdown spectroscopy (LIBS) system to be used for planetary science and a remote micro-imager (a laser that vaporizes rock and
analyses that vapor)
- The Chemistry and Mineralogy (CheMin) X-ray diffraction and X-ray fluorescence instrument
- Alpha-particle X-ray spectrometer (APXS)
- The Sample Analysis at Mars (SAM) instrument, which will analyze organics and gases from both atmospheric and solid samples
- Radiation assessment detector (RAD)
- Dynamic Albedo of Neutrons instrument (DAN), which measures hydrogen or ice and water at or near the Martian surface
- The Rover environmental monitoring station (REMS), which is a meteorological package of instruments and an ultraviolet sensor (provided by Spain)
So, as you can see, pictures are nice, but the science this rover does goes way beyond pictures.
Here come the shills.
So it seems.
edit on 8/7/2012 by Soylent Green Is People because: (no reason given)