Mastcam-Z Co-Investigator and Assistant Professor of Geology at Western Washington University
Mat Kaplan attended a meeting of the science team for the zoom lens camera that will be atop the Mars 2020 rover mast. Planetary Scientist Jim Bell tells us how this new system will show us the Red Planet as we’ve never seen it before. Space is hard. Sample return is even harder, says Senior Editor Emily Lakdawalla. Bruce Betts presents Mat Kaplan with a musical Random Space Fact in this week’s What’s Up segment.
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Mars 2020 rover artist’s concept
Artist's concept depicting NASA's Mars 2020 rover on the surface of Mars.
Mastcam-Z camera units
Models of the twin Mastcam-Z camera units and calibration target.
Jim Bell with other members of the Mastcam-Z Science Team
Mastcam-Z Principal Investigator Jim Bell flanked by members of the Science Team.
Mastcam-Z Science Team meeting
Meeting of the Mastcam-Z Science Team at Arizona State University.
Mastcam-Z Science Team meeting examining camera design
Mastcam-Z Science Team studies a computer-generated cutaway of the camera.
Kjartan Kinch and a Mars 2020 Rover calibration target mockup
Kjartan Kinch of the Niels Bohr Institute with a mockup of the Mars 2020 Rover calibration target.
Mastcam-Z Science Team portrait
Members of the Mastcam-Z Science Team pose for a stereo portrait taken by a system that simulates the rover camera.
Mastcam-Z Science Team member and grad students
Mastcam-Z Science Team member Melissa Rice with grad students Darian Dixon (l.) and Kathleen Hoza (r.)
Jim Bell with a Martian friend
Jim Bell with a Martian friend (model of Curiosity, the Mars Science Laboratory rover at ASU).