The narrow field survey camera on the Northern Light lander will provide a very high resolution panoramic view of the landing site. Colour filters will perform spectral mapping and mineral identification. The camera will also perform limited atmospheric and astronomical observations. The Earth as seen from Mars will be between 7 and 50 arc-seconds in size; it will therefore be possible to capture an ‘Earth rise’ with the narrow field survey camera.
The wide field camera will provide an overall colour view of the lander’s surroundings. This view will be used for a ‘first look’ at the landing site and will help to plan rover deployment and route planning. This camera will open the first Canadian window on Mars.