NASA, Mars 2020, Mastcam-Z high-definition cameras
Image Source: NASA/JPL-Caltech

NASA is all set for its next mission to Mars as the time coming closer, NASA is working hard to complete the project and test it before its launch in the next summers. NASA recently installed high definition cameras on the rover. NASA has scheduled the launch in July 2020 and the mission rover is expected to land on February 18, 2021, as it is going to land on Jezero Crater on Mars. The mission of the next rover to Mars is to search for the indications of any habitable environments and evidence of any past life no matter if it is big or microbial.

NASA, Mars 2020, Mastcam-Z high-definition cameras
Image Source: NASA / JPL-Caltech

Engineers at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California, installed the rover’s cover of the remote sensing masthead on May 23. As per NASA, The function of the masthead is to carry important instrumentation and optics. After the cover installation, the cameras will be installed which are going to be the two Mastcam-Z high-definition cameras which are going to be installed on the rover’s deck. The Mastcam-Z high-definition cameras are meant to boost the driving and core-sampling capabilities of the rover.

The instruments will provide a detailed look at the sediments on Mars which will also provide some good images which will allow scientists to study the geological history of the planet.  Jim Bell, the Mastcam-Z principal investigator of Arizona State University, said in the statement, “Mastcam-Z will be the first Mars colour camera that can zoom, enabling 3D images at unprecedented resolution. With a resolution of three-hundredths of an inch [0.8 millimetres] in front of the rover and less than one-and-a-half inches [38 millimetres] from over 330 feet [100 meters] away — Mastcam-Z images will play a key role in selecting the best possible samples to return from Jezero Crater.” The rover is also going to get a Lander Vision System which will make the craft the first ever rover which can accurately retarget its touchdown during the landing sequence.