Instruments

Next Mars Rover Will Have 23 ‘Eyes’

October 31, 2017 – When NASA’s Mars Pathfinder touched down in 1997, it had five cameras: two on a mast that popped up from the lander, and three on NASA’s first rover, Sojourner. Since then, camera technology has taken a…

A Window Into The Past

October 23, 2017 – The layered sedimentary deposits inside the giant canyons of Mars have puzzled scientists for decades. These light toned deposits have fine, horizontal laminations that are unlike the rugged rim rock of the Valles Marineris as seen…

Examining Mars’ Moon Phobos In A Different Light

October 6, 2017 – NASA’s longest-lived mission to Mars has gained its first look at the Martian moon Phobos, pursuing a deeper understanding by examining it in infrared wavelengths. The Thermal Emission Imaging System (THEMIS) camera on NASA’s Mars Odyssey…

NASA’s Webb Telescope To Witness Galactic Infancy

October 6, 2017 – Scientists will use NASA’s James Webb Space Telescope to study sections of the sky previously observed by NASA’s Great Observatories, including the Hubble Space Telescope and the Spitzer Space Telescope, to understand the creation of the…

OSIRIS-REx Views The Earth During Flyby

September 26, 2017 – NASA’s OSIRIS-REx spacecraft took this color composite image of Earth using its MapCam camera on September 22, 2017. This image was taken just hours after the spacecraft completed its Earth Gravity Assist at a range of…