Imager for Mars Pathfinder (IMP) image calibration

R. J. Reid, P. H. Smith, M. Lemmon, R. Tanner, M. Burkland, E. Wegryn, J. Weinberg, R. Marcialis, D. T. Britt, N. Thomas, R. Kramm, A. Dummel, D. Crowe, B. J. Bos, J. F. Bell, P. Rueffer, F. Gliem, J. R. Johnson, J. N. Maki, K. E. HerkenhoffR. B. Singer

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The Imager for Mars Pathfinder returned over 16,000 high-quality images from the surface of Mars. The camera was well-calibrated in the laboratory, with <5% radiometric uncertainty. The photometric properties of two radiometric targets were also measured with 3% uncertainty. Several data sets acquired during the cruise and on Mars confirm that the system operated nominally throughout the course of the mission. Image calibration algorithms were developed for landed operations to correct instrumental sources of noise and to calibrate images relative to observations of the radiometric targets. The uncertainties associated with these algorithms as well as current improvements to image calibration are discussed.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number1998JE900011
Pages (from-to)8907-8925
Number of pages19
JournalJournal of Geophysical Research E: Planets
Issue numberE4
StatePublished - Apr 25 1999
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Geophysics
  • Oceanography
  • Forestry
  • Aquatic Science
  • Ecology
  • Water Science and Technology
  • Soil Science
  • Geochemistry and Petrology
  • Earth-Surface Processes
  • Atmospheric Science
  • Space and Planetary Science
  • Earth and Planetary Sciences (miscellaneous)
  • Palaeontology


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