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Camera Charge-Coupled Device, HiRISE

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This object is on display in the Exploring The Planets exhibition at the National Mall building.


Country of Origin: United States of America

Dimensions: Overall: 0.95 x 2.86 x 21.59cm (3/8in. x 1 1/8in. x 8 1/2in.), less than .2 Lbs.

Materials: 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

Inventory number: A20100133000

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