Perseverance Rover Mastcam-Z Stories

The Planetary Society is an education and outreach partner for the Mastcam-Z instrument on NASA's Perseverance rover. Former Planetary Society President Jim Bell is the instrument's principal investigator and Planetary Society Chief Scientist Bruce Betts is the EPO lead.

Mastcam-Z is a color stereo camera system with a zoom capability never included on a Mars rover. It will produce stunning, 3-D images from the surface, and includes a range of filters carefully selected for geologic studies. The zoom capability will help in the planning of drives for the rover.

Recent stories from the Mastcam-Z team

The Mastcam-Z Filter Set

Learn how NASA's Perseverance rover will see the colors of Mars.

Calibrating Mars

Two colorful calibration targets will help scientists measure what the Perseverance rover sees on Mars.

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