It will not come at a surprise to most photographers that a Kodak image sensor is being sent into space on spacecraft Juno bound for Jupiter. Kodak images sensors are used in many consumer digital cameras. The KODAK KAI-2020 Image Sensor in Juno is a 1600 x 1200 pixel array and will enable JunoCam to capture images of Jupiter’s cloud tops at up to 3 km per pixel, providing an unprecedented view of the planet.
Besides the Junocam, the Juno spacecraft is also carrying the following items:
- 3 [No, they are not Star Wars] figurines: the 1.5-inch likeness of Galileo Galilei, the Roman god Jupiter and his wife Juno.
- A plaque dedicated to the famous astronomer Galileo Galilei.
KODAK Imaging Technology Used To Explore Jupiter
KODAK CCD Image Sensor To Help Provide Unprecedented Views of Jupiter As Part of Juno Mission
ROCHESTER, N.Y., Aug. 2 — When NASA’s Juno spacecraft is launched this week to begin its five-year voyage to the planet Jupiter, image sensor technology from Eastman Kodak Company (NYSE:EK) will be on board to help capture images of the gas giant as never before.
The KODAK KAI-2020 Image Sensor was selected by Malin Space Science Systems to serve as the “eye” of JunoCam, an instrument that will provide full color images of Jupiter as the spacecraft orbits the planet. The Juno spacecraft is designed to investigate Jupiter’s origins, interior structure, deep atmosphere and magnetosphere from an innovative, highly elliptical orbit that will come as close as 5,000 km (3,100 miles) to the planet’s cloud tops.
“Kodak has a rich history of participating in space exploration, and we are excited to see this legacy continue as part of the Juno mission,” said Chris McNiffe, General Manager of Kodak’s Image Sensor Solutions group. “The selection of KODAK Technology for use in JunoCam speaks directly to the dedication and efforts of the design and manufacturing teams that continue to make KODAK CCDs ideal for use in the demanding environment of space.”
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