New Mars Camera to Return the Most Detailed Images of Mars to Date
December 06, 2004
Ball Aerospace & Technologies Corp. today delivered the High Resolution Imaging Science Experiment, or HiRISE, camera to Lockheed Martin Space Systems in Denver, Colo. for integration into the Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (MRO). HiRISE is expected to return extremely detailed, color images of the Martian surface from its orbit around the red planet. The powerful camera was designed to study landscape details as small as the magazines on your living room coffee table and will be the most powerful telescopic camera ever sent to orbit a foreign planet.
The extensive data provided by the Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter and its suite of six scientific instruments will complement the new view of Mars provided by the Mars Rovers from their posts on the planet's surface. The MRO mission will also pave the way for the Phoenix Lander (expected to launch August 2007) and a robotic rover mission called the Mars Science Laboratory (expected to launch October 2009). The six instruments aboard the Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter will return up to 40 times more data to Earth than any previous Mars mission.
Ball Aerospace & Technologies Corp., under contract with the University of Arizona, designed, built and tested the HiRISE camera for the Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter being built by Lockheed Martin Space Systems. NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) manages the MRO mission as part of NASA's Science Mission Directorate.
The HiRISE camera will now undergo mission scenario testing with experts from JPL, Lockheed Martin and the University of Arizona in preparation for its launch, scheduled for August 2005.
Ball Corporation is a supplier of high-quality metal and plastic packaging products and innovative packaging solutions to the beverage and food industries. The company also owns Ball Aerospace & Technologies Corp., which develops sensors, spacecraft, systems and components for government and commercial markets. Ball employs 13,100 people worldwide and reported 2003 sales of $4.9 billion.
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SOURCE: Ball Aerospace & Technologies Corp.
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