Perseverance Rover Mastcam-Z Stories

The Planetary Society is an education and outreach partner for the Mastcam-Z instrument on NASA's Perseverance rover, which launched in July 2020 and lands on Mars in February 2021. Planetary Society President Jim Bell is the Mastcam-Z 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

How to Send a Camera to Mars

The next Martian explorer, Mars 2020, currently exists as a robotic skeleton at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory. Teams across the world are working diligently to construct the instruments that will adorn the rover, inside and out, and thereby give it the tools it needs to explore.

Practicing Mars 2020 rover operations, on Earth

Jeff Johnson files a report from ROASTT, the Rover Operations Activities for Science Team Training.

Mastcam-Z Flight Hardware!

After a more-than-four-year adventure, the flight Mars 2020 rover Mastcam-Z cameras have been fully assembled!

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