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The Athena Pancam and Color Microscopic Imager (CMI)The Athena Mars rover payload includes two primary science-grade imagers: Pancam, a multispectral, stereo, panoramic camera system, and the Color Microscopic Imager (CMI), a multispectral and variable depth-of-field microscope. Both of these instruments will help to achieve the primary Athena science goals by providing information on the geology, mineralogy, and climate history of the landing site. In addition, Pancam provides important support for rover navigation and target selection for Athena in situ investigations. Here we describe the science goals, instrument designs, and instrument performance of the Pancam and CMI investigations.
Document ID
Acquisition Source
Johnson Space Center
Document Type
Conference Paper
Bell, J. F., III
(Cornell Univ. Ithaca, NY United States)
Herkenhoff, K. E.
(Geological Survey Flagstaff, AZ United States)
Schwochert, M.
(Jet Propulsion Lab., California Inst. of Tech. Pasadena, CA United States)
Morris, R. V.
(NASA Johnson Space Center Houston, TX United States)
Sullivan, R.
(Cornell Univ. Ithaca, NY United States)
Date Acquired
August 20, 2013
Publication Date
July 1, 2000
Publication Information
Publication: Concepts and Approaches for Mars Exploration
Issue: Part 1
Subject Category
Instrumentation And Photography
Distribution Limits
Work of the US Gov. Public Use Permitted.
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