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Wednesday, December 21, 2005

 

Beagle 2 found?

Image Credit Mike Malin
It's a day for news today it is.

ABC Science News, New Scientist Space news and the Advertiser, for heavens sake, all report the possible discovery of the Beagle 2 lander on Mars.

The Beagle 2's possible collision site was picked up by Mars Global Surveyor, but there is no story on the MGS site at the moment. There are detailed images images at the Beagle 2 site.

Faint marking which seem to be a crash site, and things which might be the landing bags have been detected ib a crater close to the intended landing site, which was in a near-equatorial region called Isidis Planitia. Examination of the site with high resolution cameras on NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter will probably be required to determine if this really is the Beagle 2.

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