- MAIN JOB:To take high-definition video, panoramic color and 3D images of the Martian surface and features in the atmosphere with a zoom lens to magnify distant targets.
- LOCATION: Mounted on the rover mast at the eye level of a 6 ½-foot-tall person (2 meters tall). The cameras are separated by 9.5 inches (24.2 centimeters) to provide stereo vision.
- MASS: Approximately 8.8 pounds (about 4 kilograms)
- POWER: Approximately 17.4 watts
- VOLUME: Camera head, per unit:4.3 by 4.7 by 10.2 inches
(11 by 12 by 26 centimeters).
Digital electronics assembly: 8.6 by 4.7 by 1.9 inches
(22 by 12 by 5 centimeters).
Calibration target: 3.9 by 3.9 by 2.7 inches
(10 by 10 by 7 centimeters)
- DATA RETURN: Approximately 148 megabits per sol, average
- COLOR QUALITY: Similar to that of a consumer digital camera (2-megapixel)
- IMAGE SIZE: 1600 by 1200 pixels maximum
- PIXEL SCALE: Able to resolve between about 150 microns per pixel (0.15 millimeter or 0.0059 inch) to 7.4 millimeters (0.3 inch) per pixel depending on distance
Did You Know?
Mastcam-Z helps out other Mars 2020 experiments by looking at the whole landscape. It identifies rocks and "soil" (regolith) that deserve a closer look by the rover's other instruments. It also spots important rocks for the Mars 2020 rover to sample by drilling rock core samples and caching (storing) them on the surface of Mars.