High-Resolution Camera to Survey Mars

A new high-resolution camera is set to depart for the planet Mars Wednesday morning aboard NASA’s Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter. The camera, the High Resolution Imaging Science Experiment (HiRise) is the largest camera ever sent out of Earth’s orbit and will deliver the highest resolution images of Mars yet.

The camera utilizes a series of mirrors and lenses that project the image onto a cluster of CCDs rendering images with a resolution up to 20,000 pixels by 40,000 lines, an image so large that it would take 1,200 typical computer screens to fully display. The camera’s high resolution will enable the identification of objects as small as a coffee table while the camera orbits 300 kilometers above the planet’s surface.

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