(Rover) eyes on the prize

Before research lockdown due to COVID-19:

Assisting with the deployment of the Mastcam-Z engineered prototype, a multispectral, high resolution 3D camera which is now flying on Mars 2020 Perseverance Rover. The prototype was designed and built by Megan Barrington and Alex Hayes, Cornell University. It was an exciting and humbling opportunity to work with members of the Mastcam-Z team during the deployment of the prototype at our Mars-analog site (near the Painted Hills, Eastern Oregon).

The Perseverance rover will seek signs of ancient life and collect rock and soil samples for possible return to Earth.

The goal of this research was to collect hyperspectral images of soil clays and other hydrated phases for use during the Mars 2020 Perseverance Rover mission.

Mastcam-Z. Photo: Jim Bell
Photo: NASA/JPL-Caltech

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