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Close-up view of the High Resolution Stereo Camera (HRSC)



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Close-up view of the High Resolution Stereo Camera (HRSC)
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The HRSC is a high-resolution stereo and colour camera, developed by DLR for ESA's Mars Express mission together with its industrial partners EADS Astrium, Lewicki Microelectronic GmbH and Jena-Optronik GmbH.

The instrument is, in this form, a one-off experiment. For the first time a camera system is building a systematic survey of the surface of a planet in high resolution, in three dimensions and in colour. As the spacecraft positions itself, the camera is aimed.

Once switched on, the HRSC uses its nine light-sensitive detectors to take nine different images: four in the direction of travel, four against the direction of travel and one, the nadir channel, straight downwards.

Credit: DLR/EADS.
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