U.S. University's Camera Will Go to Mars

TUCSON, Aug. 3 (UPI) — A high-tech camera developed by a U.S. university has been chosen as one of the instruments for an upcoming space mission to Mars, officials say.

The ExoMars orbiting probe, to be launched as a joint venture between NASA and the European Space Agency in 2016, will carry a high-resolution stereo color camera built by the University of Arizona, a school release said Tuesday.

NASA and ESA invited scientists worldwide to propose the spacecraft’s instruments, and UA’s High Resolution Stereo Color Imager, or HiSCI, was one of the five instruments chosen, the release said.

“The HiSCI camera will provide us with the very best color and stereo imaging of Mars we have ever seen, so we can find and study surface changes,” Alfred McEwen, a UA professor of planetary science leads the HiSCI project said.

HiSCI will take color images covering areas of the planet’s surface 5 miles wide, allowing researchers to see much more of the Martian surface and changes that are occurring there, the university release said.

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