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Cameras on 32 Interplanetary Spacecraft

Cameras on 32 Interplanetary Spacecraft

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Congratulations to NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory, the intrepid rover Perseverance, and a little helicopter named Ingenuity, for the dramatic and safe landing at the Jezero Crater on Mars! With the rover’s mission successfully underway on the surface of the Red Planet, it is time to add the details of the Mars 2020 Mission to this list of American interplanetary spacecraft photo gear.

The first photograph of Earth from space was taken by the TIROS-1 weather satellite on April 1, 1960. Ever since, satellites, probes, and spacecraft have been taking amazing photos of the solar system and beyond! Space probes are packed with sensors, but in our list below, we wanted to talk about those imaging systems that are relatively close cousins to what you can find on the shelves of the B&H SuperStore.

1. Cassini

Launched in 1997, Cassini orbited the crown jewel of the solar system, Saturn and its and moons until fall of 2017 when it was intentionally flown into Saturn's atmosphere to prevent an unavoidable possible future collision with the Saturnian moon, Enceladus, which may harbor extraterrestrial life. The Cassini probe was equipped with various optical sensors and one optical camera that has captured amazing images of the ringed planet. The spacecraft's Huygens Probe landed on the moon, Titan. Cassini's Imaging Science Subsystem (ISS) consists of a wide- and narrow-angle camera. Both cameras feature a CCD sensor of 12 micron pixels numbering 1024 x 1024, with a resolving power that can see a quarter-dollar at a range of 2.5 miles.

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