Beagle 2 Landing Ellipse
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Beagle 2 Landing Ellipse

February 22, 2007

This image was targeted to a dark spot seen in a MOC image that was suggested to be the Beagle 2 landing site.

The dark spot corresponds to an impact crater, which is shown in color here (795 x 712, 1.7 MB.) The European Beagle 2 lander was carried by the Mars Express orbiting spacecraft and released into the Martian atmosphere in December 2003, but has not been heard from since.

Observation Geometry

Image PSP_002347_1915 was taken by the High Resolution Imaging Science Experiment (HiRISE) camera onboard the Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter spacecraft on 26-Jan-2007. The complete image is centered at 11.7 degrees latitude, 90.7 degrees East longitude. The range to the target site was 278.3 km (173.9 miles). At this distance the image scale is 27.8 cm/pixel (with 1 x 1 binning) so objects ~84 cm across are resolved. The image shown here has been map-projected to 25 cm/pixel and north is up.

The image was taken at a local Mars time of 03:40 PM and the scene is illuminated from the west with a solar incidence angle of 55 degrees, thus the sun was about 35 degrees above the horizon. At a solar longitude of 173.1 degrees, the season on Mars is Northern Summer.

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