--><div class='quotetop'>QUOTE(Toma B @ May 8 2006, 03:46 PM)
</div><div class='quotemain'><!--quotec--> I know this is somewhat of the topic but if I understand things correctly...
When MRO becomes operational in autumn this year, we should see 2x the resolution of this
VC image in color...?!?!?
Or am I wrong? [/quote]
Well - MC might argue otherwise...
Technically, yes. The sampling resolution of HiRISE is approx 30cm per pixel in each dimension, whereas the best MOC resolution is 50cm downtrack and 150cm across track. For every pixel MOC takes in CPROTO observations, HiRISE should take about 8 pixels (and more like 25 for a normal MOC observation) But - there is the limiting resolution of the optics, the atmosphere, the stability of the spacecraft, the quality of the TDI process and so on and so forth.
My personal estimation is that the real 'pixel power' of the camera will be something like 50cm per pixel - and so we should see an increase in resolution by perhaps 2, or 3, or maybe even a little more over MOC using HiRISE, and perhaps 4 times over non CPROTO observations - with, of course, the near IR, Red and Blue-Green filters.
This recent image reminds us more than ever that MOC, despite it's age on orbit, and age since being designed and built, is a fantastic instrument that continues to produce stunning imagery - and will continue to have a valuable role to play even once HiRISE is in action.