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Curiosity's self-portrait shows the deck of the rover as viewed from the NavCams.

Navcam, short for navigational camera, is a type of camera found on certain unmanned NASA space rovers.[1] As the name suggests, they are used for navigating planetary terrain.[2] Navcams take 360 degree panoramic photographs that are used to plan the next move of the vehicle.[3]

Examples of navcams currently in use include those aboard the Mars Spirit rover and Opportunity rover. The Mars Curiosity rover has two pairs of black and white navigation cameras mounted on the mast to support ground navigation. The cameras have a 45 degree angle of view and use visible light to capture stereoscopic 3-D imagery.[4] These cameras, like those on the Mars Pathfinder missions support use of the ICER image compression format.

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  1. ^ "The rover's "eyes" and other "senses"". Mars Exploration Rover Mission. NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory. Retrieved 3 January 2013. 
  2. ^ "How A Team Of Scientists Dropped A One-Ton Science Lab On Mars Completely Unscathed". The Business Insider. 17 December 2012. 
  3. ^ "More Driving And Imaging At 'Matijevic Hill'". Space Daily. November 26, 2012. 
  4. ^ First NavCam mosaic