Portion of Isidis Planitia Near the Beagle 2 Landing Ellipse
Portion of Isidis Planitia Near the Beagle 2 Landing Ellipse
PSP_002136_1920  Science Theme: Future Exploration/Landing Sites
This image shows a portion of cratered plains in Isidis Planitia, near or perhaps within the landing ellipse for Beagle 2.

There are some interesting bright-pixel artifacts that are due to cosmic-ray events detected by the HiRISE camera, similar to those seen when imaging black sky during cruise to Mars.

The image shows two portions of the Isidis Planitia image with bright noise at top, and 6 examples of bright noise seen in the cruise images; all are from the original, unprocessed images.

Written by: Alfred McEwen  (14 February 2007)
Acquisition date
09 January 2007

Local Mars time

Latitude (centered)

Longitude (East)

Spacecraft altitude
277.5 km (172.5 miles)

Original image scale range
27.8 cm/pixel (with 1 x 1 binning) so objects ~83 cm across are resolved

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25 cm/pixel and North is up

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Solar incidence angle
54°, with the Sun about 36° above the horizon

Solar longitude
164.1°, Northern Summer

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Sub-solar azimuth:  5.6°
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