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08-07-2012, 05:21 PM
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Originally Posted by Iron Chef View Post
So we orchestrated a perfect automated landing on the moon, but we put a surveillance camera from a 7-11 built in 1992 to document it?

It's not easy to send high quality images from that far away, they have to relay the images from the rover to the MRO orbiting the planet, which they have to wait for it to come above the horizon for.

I believe the rover itself has a high fidelity antenna for them to send the higher bandwith stuff directly to earth when MRO is not available, but that is pending them doing the diagnostics/calibration on the other instruments first.

I believe soon we're going to be having full-clolor 1600x1200 resolution images and video (or something close to that resolution)

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