P4_4 Observing Curiosity

Gareth Pugh, John Lamb, Syed Rizvi, Rehman Latif


In 2012, the Curiosity rover landed on the surface of Mars. In this paper, we consider the angular size of Curiosity from the Earth at the shortest Earth-Mars separation distance. We then equate this angular size to the Rayleigh criterion to determine the diameter of a telescope's aperture in order to resolve Curiosity for varying wavelengths of electromagnetic radiation.

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