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This graphic features a comparison between the older, less-capable camera on the Mars Global Surveyor and the new HiRISE camera that will fly aboard the Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter.  The HiRISE camera, larger and more capable than its predecessor, will be better able to try and locate the lost Mars Polar Lander spacecraft.  In this graphic, there is an example of the resolution of the MOC camera and a less pixelated picture that simulates how the HiRISE camera will view the lost spacecraft.
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HiRISE Comparison

The HiRISE camera will provide the highest-resolution images yet from martian orbit.  These high resolution images will enable scientists to resolve 1-meter (about 3-foot) sized objects on Mars and to study the morphology (surface structure) in a much more comprehensive manner than ever before.

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