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Mars 2020 Mastcam-Z EPO

Education and Outreach

NASA has announced the selection of science instruments for the Mars 2020 rover, a structural copy of the Curiosity rover to be launched in 2020. We at The Planetary Society are ecstatic to be an education and outreach partner on the selected Mastcam-Z mast camera system. Planetary Society President Jim Bell, in his other life as an Arizona State University professor, is the principal investigator for Mastcam-Z. Planetary Society Director of Science and Technology Bruce Betts is the E/PO (Education and Public Outreach) lead for Mastcam-Z.

Mastcam-Z is a color stereo camera system. It has a zoom capability that we have never had on a Mars rover. It will produce stunning images from the surface of Mars, including in 3-D.  It also includes a range of filters carefully selected for geologic studies. And, the zoom capability will help in the planning of drives for the rover.

Join us as we share the exciting story and results of Mastcam-Z.

Planetary Radio: Zooming In On Mars With Mastcam-Z

Air Date: 09/01/2015
Run Time: 28:50

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Our reporting from the 2nd Mars 2020 Rover Landing Site Selection Workshop continues as we talk with Jim Bell and Justin Maki, leaders of the development team for the most advanced camera ever planned for the surface of Mars.

Visit the show page for more details and helpful links.

Mars 2020 Mastcam-Z

Mars 2020 Mastcam-Z
3D CAD model of the Mars 2020 Mastcam-Z color stereo camera system.


Project Updates

A Look Back at an Amazing Year

Posted by Jennifer Vaughn on 2014/12/31 01:16 CST

As excited as we are to jump into 2015, I want to take time to reflect on the year coming to a close and applaud all that we’ve accomplished working together.

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Planetary Society Selected as Mars 2020 Camera Partner

Posted by Bruce Betts on 2014/07/31 12:23 CDT | 9 comments

The Planetary Society has been selected as an education outreach partner on the just-selected NASA Mars 2020 Mastcam-Z instrument, led by Jim Bell, Planetary Society Board president and Arizona State University professor.

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