Country of Origin: United States of America
Overall: 0.95 x 2.86 x 21.59cm (3/8in. x 1 1/8in. x 8 1/2in.), less than .2 Lbs.
electronics, plastic, metal
Like your own personal digital camera, a spacecraft camera records images using a CCD--an array of tiny detectors whose combined measurements of light form a picture. This CCD is identical to the one used by the Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter's HiRISE (High Resolution Imaging Science Experiment) camera, flown at the beginning of the twenty-first century.
The Ball Aerospace and Technologies Corporation and the University of Arizona donated this artifact to the Museum in 2010.
Gift of Ball Aerospace Systems Division