"Otherwise the only thing those optics will encounter is the ground. Terribly, terribly fast." (Since we were ALL thinking it).
While ESA continues to grapple with balky parachutes ahead of the ExoMars 2020 mission, the cameras for the Rosalind Franklin rover have been fitted to the British-built trundlebot. The "PanCam", which sits on top of a mast that rises two metres above the ground, is designed to provide Earthbound boffins with 3D stereo imagery …
for once, DONT rush this probe. It might not drop very fast then. It would be nice for Europe to get something working on Mars. When the yanks finish imploding I suspect the rising powers may not be that interested any more in space exploration. Aside from that, I wonder if Europe would consider a lander for Europa after the proposed NASA lander has done its research. Sort of appropriate.
At Bluedot festival this year (to scale model but with an amusingly placed emergency stop button on the back).
Fascinating bit of kit for the 3D cameras and even better with the colour cam since they'll be taking a true colour calibration chart to make sure that the colours are as accurate as possible (unlike the American method of just using the stars and stripes as a calibration tool *sigh*).
Proper pragmatic boffinry and well deserving of a pint.
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