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Context Imager (CTX)

NSSDCA ID: 2005-029A-04

Mission Name: Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter
Principal Investigator:Dr. Michael C. Malin


The Context Imager (CTX) will provide wide area, lower-resolution views to provide a context for high-resolution analysis of key spots on Mars provided by HiRISE and CRISM. CTX has a field of view of about 5.7 degrees and an image size of 5000 pixels. From a nominal altitude of 300 km CTX will have a resolution of roughly 6 m/pixel and will return images 30 km across.

Alternate Names

  • CTX
  • MarsReconnaissanceOrbiter/CTX
  • urn:nasa:pds:context:instrument:ctx.mro

Funding Agency

  • NASA-Office of Space Science Applications (United States)


  • Planetary Science: Geology and Geophysics

Additional Information

Questions and comments about this experiment can be directed to: Dr. David R. Williams



NameRoleOriginal AffiliationE-mail
Dr. Michael C. MalinTeam LeaderMalin Space Science Systems,

Selected References

  • Malin, M. C., et al., Context Camera Investigation on board the Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter, J. Geophys. Res., 112, E05S04, doi:10.1029/2006JE002808, 2007.
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