Space Probe - Probe Imagers

Probe Imagers

Examples of space probe imaging telescope/cameras (focused on visible spectrum).

Name Aperture
cm (in.)
Type Where When
Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter—HiRISE 50 cm (19.7″) R/C Mars orbit 2005
Mars Global Surveyor—MOC 35 cm (13.8″) R/C Mars orbit 1996–2006
New Horizons—LORRI 20.8 cm (8.2″) R/C Space (33+ AU from Earth) 2006
Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter LROC-NAC 19.5 cm (7.68″) Reflector Lunar orbit 2009
Cassini—ISS-NAC 19 cm (7.5″) Reflector Saturn orbit 2004
Galileo - Solid State Imager 17.65 cm (6.95″) Reflector Jupiter 1989-2003
Voyager 1/2, ISS-NAC 17.6 cm (6.92″) Catadioptric Space 1977
Mariner 10 - TV Photo Experiment (x2) 15 cm (5.9″) Reflector Space 1973-1975
Deep Space 1—MICAS 10 cm ( 3.94″) Reflector Solar orbit 1998-2001
Voyager 1/2, ISS-WAC 6 cm (2.36″) Lens Space 1977
Cassini—ISS-WAC 5.7 cm (2.2″) Lens Saturn orbit 2004
MESSENGER MDIS-WAC 3 cm (1.18″) Lens Mercury orbit 2004
MESSENGER MDIS-NAC 2.5 cm (0.98″) R/C Mercury orbit 2004
Dawn Framing Camera (FC1/FC2) 2 cm (0.8″) Lens Asteroid belt 2007

Image forming systems on space probes typically have a multitude of specifications, but aperture can be useful because it constrains the best diffraction limit and light gathering area.

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