Landing Ellipse Overlay on MOC WA Mosaic with NA Images identfied
October 28, 2003
On 20 December 2000, the European Space Agency (ESA) announced the selection of a landing site for the British Mars lander, Beagle 2, that will be carried to the red planet aboard ESA's Mars Express orbiter in 2003. The landing is currently scheduled for 26 December 2003. The landing site is centered near 11ï¿½N, 270ï¿½W, in eastern Isidis Planitia. The name, Isidis Planitia, refers to the broad, relatively flat plain that covers the floor of an extremely ancient, large basin formed by an asteroid or comet impact perhaps more than 4 billion years ago. The floor of this basin exhibits chains of pitted ridges, numerous smaller meteor impact craters, and a variety of light-toned ripples and small dunes.
Topics: Isidis Planitia, Beagle 2, Spaceflight, European Space Agency, Chryse Planitia, Impact crater, Mars, ESA