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MSL Cost Caps and de-scoping - Sept '07
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post May 27 2008, 11:37 PM
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At this time do we know if James Cameron's hi def video camera is going to be on MSL?
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post May 27 2008, 11:56 PM
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MastCam is going to be on there - but as to the exact status of the Zoom ( or, if descoped as we've been told, what the fixed focal length will be ) I don't know. As I understand it, the mission changed the requirements to include a wider latitude range. This meant significant engineering changes (particularly regarding lubrication) so the 'over runs' were caused by a shift of goal-posts. Mastcam's zoom being the only moving part of the instrument I'd guess, fell at this hurdle.

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Date set for Mars sample mission
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"2018 will start the era of Mars Sample Return," Doug McCuistion, director of Nasa's Mars Exploration Programme, told a press conference in Paris."
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