NASA scraps plan for 3D camera on Mars Rover
NASA has stopped the development of the 3D camera system, because there isn’t sufficient time left for the testing.
Earlier, the rover was scheduled to be launched in 2009, but because of the funding issues its launch was delayed.
According to NASA, Curiosity is an SUV sized rover, which is equipped with cameras chemistry instruments, environmental sensors and radiation monitors to examine Martian surface.
The rover’s instruments are designed to help scientists to know, whether life ever existed on the Red Planet.
Movie director, James Cameron is also working with Malin Space Science Systems of San Diego, to build 3D upgrades for the cameras. The camera would include both zoom and 3D capabilities.
Mars Science Laboratory Project Scientist, John Grotzinger said, “With the Mastcam that was installed last year and the rover's other instruments, Curiosity can accomplish its ambitious research goals.”
Grotzinger added, “The possibility for an upgrade was very much worth pursuing, but time became too short for the levels of testing that would be needed for them to confidently replace the existing cameras.”
3D cameras will not be utilized for the upcoming mission
According to NASA, Malin Space Science Systems will continue to work on the camera system, so that they can use it in future missions.
The new 3D cameras will not be utilized for the upcoming mission, but Malin’s other cameras will be used in the Mars mission.
Malin had delivered two cameras last April, which were installed on the rover. The on board cameras are capable of capturing high definition color videos.
The cameras are designed in such a way that they can take images of the Martian surface, as well as of the distant objects.