03.21.2017 Break in Raised Tread on Curiosity Wheel
02.27.2017 Swirling Dust in Gale Crater, Mars, Sol 1613
02.27.2017 Dust Devil Passes Near Martian Sand Dune
02.27.2017 Sand Moving Under Curiosity, One Day to Next
12.13.2016 Now and Long Ago at Gale Crater, Mars
12.13.2016 Where's Boron? Mars Rover Detects It
10.03.2016 Curiosity Self-Portrait at 'Murray Buttes'
10.03.2016 Butte 'M9a' in 'Murray Buttes' on Mars
09.19.2016 Ribbon Cutting
09.09.2016 Farewell to Murray Buttes (Image 5)
09.09.2016 Farewell to Murray Buttes (Image 4)
09.09.2016 Farewell to Murray Buttes (Image 3)
09.09.2016 Farewell to Murray Buttes (Image 2)
09.09.2016 Farewell to Murray Buttes (Image 1)
08.26.2016 Out-of-this-World Records
03.30.2016 Erisa Hines
03.30.2016 Buzz Aldrin
02.12.2016 Women in Science
02.09.2016 Adam Steltzner, a JPL engineer
01.27.2016 Night Close-up of Martian Sand Grains
01.27.2016 Curiosity Self-Portrait at Martian Sand Dune
12.17.2015 Alteration Effects at Gale and Gusev Craters
12.17.2015 Full-Circle View Near 'Marias Pass' on Mars
12.11.2015 Surface Close-up of a Martian Sand Dune
12.11.2015 Martian Sand Disturbed by Rover Wheel
Curiosity on Tilt Table with Mast UpThe Mast Camera (Mastcam) on NASA's Mars rover Curiosity has two rectangular "eyes" near the top of the rover's remote sensing mast. The mast is on the right side of the rover, which puts it on the left side of this image taken from in front of the rover. The image shows Curiosity on a tilt table in the Spacecraft Assembly Facility at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena, California. It was taken Sept. 15, 2010.
The lens openings for the two cameras of the Mastcam instrument are different sizes. The smaller one is for the telephoto eye, which has a focal length of 100 millimeters (see http://photojournal.jpl.nasa.gov/catalog/PIA13018). The larger one is for the wider-angle eye, with a focal length of 34 millimeters (see http://photojournal.jpl.nasa.gov/catalog/PIA13019). Each of these cameras can provide color images and high-definition video, and they can be combined for stereo views.
NASA's Mars Science Laboratory mission will use 10 science instruments on the Curiosity rover to investigate whether one of the most intriguing parts of Mars has had conditions favorable for microbial life and for preserving evidence about whether life has existed there.
Malin Space Science Systems, San Diego, has provided three of the rover's 10 instruments: Mastcam, the Mars Hand Lens Imager and the Mars Descent Imager.
Curiosity and other parts of the Mars Science Laboratory spacecraft are being prepared for launch between Nov. 25 and Dec. 18, 2011, and landing on Mars in August 2012.
JPL, a division of the California Institute of Technology in Pasadena, manages the Mars Science Laboratory Project for the NASA Science Mission Directorate, Washington.
Image Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech