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Mike Ravine, Advanced Projects Manager for Malin Space Science Systems  (Source: torynfarr/flickr)

A two-image panorama shot with the rover's 1024 x 1024 mono navigation cameras  (Source: NASA)
Reasons included the amount of data produced, the fact that they had to meet the needs of different cameras, and the team's familiarity with these sensors

Source: Digital Photography Review

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By Amiga500 on 8/9/2012 2:25:07 PM , Rating: 3
You could easily have placed an 8MP camera and just make it take 2MP shots and send it.

And it could just as easily have broken on launch from g loading... or on upper atmospheric boost from further g loading.

Or from radiation in the transit to mars.

Or from turbulence during the descent.

Or from a host of other reasons that cameras and cameraphones on earth simply don't have to worry about.

Qualifying something for spaceflight is not the work of a minute!

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