The Mars Rover "Mars-2020" set a color stereoscopic HD camera

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The New Rover space Agency NASA "Mars-2020" is preparing to join his fellow "Curiosity", having been engaged in the search for signs of life on our planetary neighbor. The main task of the new Martian Autonomous research laboratory will be to study a large impact crater Lake. In fact, initially, this crater was considered as a potential target for the Curiosity Rover, but NASA decided to choose the object of his study the Gale crater.

For the scientific activities of the new Rover will use the different high-tech equipment. Scientists believe that the crater Lake is not just an ordinary impact crater, and may represent a remnant of an ancient Martian lake that may have once even could inhabit life. Even if signs of life here, the Rover will not find, the area is of interest to scientists due to the probability of the presence here of the reserves of minerals that could have formed under the influence of water. The study of these minerals will help to clarify the evolution of this ancient lake, experts say NASA.

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Color images of Mars

For easy navigation and documentation location the new Rover will need to collect visual information. For these purposes, "Mars-2020", decided to equip two high-resolution cameras Mastcam-Z. moreover, the new camera can shoot a color image and will be able to scale. This should help scientists to observe and study the Mineralogy and structure of the Martian deposits.

"Mastcam-Z will be the first colour camera on Mars with the ability to change focal length, allowing for shooting in stereoscopic format with an unprecedented level of resolution", — says the head of the project development camera Mastcam-Z Jim bell from Arizona state University.

"With a permission level three hundredths of an inch (0.8 mm) in front of the Rover and less than 1.5 inches (38 millimeters) from a distance of 330 feet (100 meters) image obtained by cameras Mastcam-Z, will play a key role when choosing the best soil samples from the crater Lake for further study on Earth," — said the expert.

To date, the color stereoscopic the camera is already mounted on the mast of the Rover (the red circular roof in the above image, it covers the lens). As soon as the Rover landed on the Red planet, the mast will rise, providing the best viewing angle of the surrounding space.

Sending the Rover "Mars-2020" to the red planet will take place from the spaceport at Cape Canaveral (Florida, USA) in July 2020.

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