Simulated HiSCI 3D images of Mars
The High Resolution Stereo Colour Imager, or HiSCI, is one of the instruments that will be housed on the ExoMars Trace Gas Orbiter, scheduled for launch in 2016.
HiSCI is a camera that has been designed to take three-dimensional images (simulated here) of active processes (such as volcanism) that occur on the Martian surface and that are thought to release gases that could provide evidence of possible life on Mars.
HiSCI features an innovative rotation drive for three-dimensional imaging. As the instrument orbits the Red Planet, it begins to snap pictures once a feature of interest on the surface below comes into view. HiSCI then swings around and takes more pictures of the feature as it passes overhead.
This camera will provide the best ever colour and stereo images of Mars, helping scientists to keep a close eye on the Martian surface, so they can find and study surface changes.
Last Update: 10 Mar 2011