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I have no first-hand knowledge of what was used for the SpaceX abort test, but the image in the question looks very similar to the tracking imagery from the AIRS-WAVE system on NASA's WB-57 planes. @ErinAnne found a tweet by FlightRadar24 that shows a WB-57 flying for the launch and links to a detailed track. AIRS is the Airborne Imaging and Recording ...


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This is not a complete answer, because I haven't identified the video directly, but it has some information which I think should help someone interested in finding it. Camera I am now pretty sure (despite my original answer in the photography SE) that this is footage from one of the Apollo TV cameras. The 16mm film footage is simply higher quality than ...


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MASTCAM-Z uses the KAI-2020 sensor Sensor Data Sheet which can be read out at 18-35 Hz frame rate. The camera has 8 GB of flash memory that can be used to store video before it's trickled over to the rover computer and then scheduled for downlink. NASA Mars 2020 MASTCAM-Z Description. This is not a standard mode for the camera, but it would be possible for ...


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I think a short answer would be yes, but with caveats. Many GoPros have been flown on high-altitude balloons to near-space and in close to vacuum conditions, using completely COTS assemblies (and therefore internal batteries). GoPros also work on the ground in vacuum chambers. At about 02:40: Alright guys, so the ...


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Image credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/MSSS The image above shows the Mars Hand Lens Imager (MAHLI) on the turret of Curiosity's robotic arm. The reddish circle near the center is the window of MAHLI's dust cover. In the accompanying text it is said that there's a thin film of Martian dust on it, and that the front window is made of sapphire. This article tells us ...


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I've used a stock GoPro on a high altitude balloon that made it to 40 km, it recorded the whole way up and down (on external power). So depending on your mass and financial budget you could use this camera. At the altitude you're working at the most likely problem you'll have would be the camera over heating due to the lack of air reducing its ability to ...


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As described in The Development of the MSL Guidance, Navigation, and Control System for Entry, Descent, and Landing, the sky crane only has the Terminal Descent Sensor (TDS), which only has a doppler radar and no camera. There are therefore no images of Curiosity during the sky crane operations


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First, the bad news: from Assessment of the CORONA series of satelliteimagery for landscape archaeology: a case study fromthe Orontes valley, Syria Unfortunately, the mechanics of the IMC were not published in the CORONA documents. The author does, however, demystify the slightly peculiar wording in the wikipedia page: The Cā€™ā€™ā€™ camera had the lower ...


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Here is an image of the Apollo 9 multispectral camera mounted to the hatch window. It was used in Earth orbit: Image from this pdf. A color image of the array from this NASA page: Note the different color labels in green, red, brown and black. An front side image of the Apollo 12 camera array was provided by Organic Marble, so I concentrate on the filter ...


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There's a picture in the Apollo Experience Report - Photographic Equipment..., page 21. This is a guess really - it's out of my wheelhouse - but a note on Page 11 in the document linked above gives the experiment number SO-246 associated with this instrument, and on Page 5 in the Apollo 12 Lunar Photography document linked in the question, SO-246 is stated ...


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This isn't a complete answer, but I think there should be at least some doubt cast on this story: it's certainly not as clear as a lot of people think it is. The Wikipedia entry for this lens claims that it was developed in 1966. So we can wonder what it might have been used for. It is generally claimed that it was used (or designed) for pictures of the ...


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....were rectangular lenses used? I don't think so. Currently I haven't found absolute proof, but from what I found in the paper below: From Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter Camera (LROC) Instrument Overview update: also available here (not paywalled, thanks to @organicmarble's comment) and discussed further below: The visible lens has a 6.0 mm focal length ...


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Since there's still not an answer yet, I thought I'd offer a partial answer by addressing one of your suggested areas of focus. What particularly desirable frequencies are missing? To determine what is "desirable", let's compare to another Jupiter orbiter: Galileo. Galileo also had a CCD, the Solid-State Imager (SSI), which operated in the spectral range ...


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Not a real answer, but some thoughts that are too long for a comment I doubt there was a concern about optimizing the directions for easier calculations. Positions are fixed and known, so all equations can be "hand-crafted" to allow for rather quick but still precise calculations in the on-board computers. The orientation of the 4 reaction wheels seems ...


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Here's a few GoPro Hero 4 Blacks powered by Brunton All Day 2.0 battery packs according to The Record Player Built for Space; How an independent record label launched the first vinyl into the stratosphere. The article says that the camera cases (standard GoPro?) were modified to take in audio and prevent fogging. Don't forget about fogging! Screenshot ...


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