Friday, September 21, 2012

Curiosity's Stars and Stripes

This view of the American flag medallion on NASA's Mars rover
Curiosity was taken by the rover's Mars Hand Lens Imager (MAHLI)
during the 44th Martian day, or sol, of Curiosity's work on Mars
(Sept. 19, 2012). The flag is one of four "mobility logos" placed on
the rover's mobility rocker arms.

The circular medallion of the flag is made of anodized aluminum
and measures 2.68 inches (68 millimeters) in diameter. The
medallion was affixed with bolts to locations on the rocker arms
where flight hardware was once considered, but ultimately
deemed unnecessary.

The other three medallions adorning the rover's rocker arms
are the NASA logo, the JPL logo and the Curiosity mission logo.

The main purpose of Curiosity's MAHLI camera is to acquire
close-up, high-resolution views of rocks and soil at the rover's
Gale Crater field site. The camera is capable of focusing on
any target at distances of about 0.8 inch (2.1 centimeters) to
infinity, providing versatility for other uses, such as views of the
rover itself from different angles.

Article and Photo: NASA/JPL

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