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Beagle 2 found by MRO/HIRISE.
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post Jan 16 2015, 01:31 PM
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And the HiRISE release http://www.uahirise.org/ESP_039308_1915
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post Jan 16 2015, 01:35 PM
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In case anybody can do anything good with them, I made a stereo HiRISE digital terrain model of the possible Beagle 2 site.

Snapshot (with candidate locations marked):

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Full-resolution DTM and orthoimage geotiffs: link (500 mb .zip)

It’s not of a very high quality because of a slightly dusty observation (I think, so low contrast for stereo matching), so there isn't really too much topographic detail in it up close.

From HiRISE stereo overlap (not proper pair, hence narrow) ESP_030908_1915 and ESP_037145_1915
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post Jan 16 2015, 01:59 PM
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From the tiny images released today (16 Jan 2015) it does appear that only two of the solar panels deployed. The UHF antenna was a strip antenna and mounted on the underside of the s/c lid. If the last two solar panels panels did not deploy, then antenna would be totally covered. The info graphic I posted shows solar cells on the lid itself, which is not correct.
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post Jan 16 2015, 02:11 PM
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Here are a couple more Beagle2 photos showing the UHF antenna (yellow square)
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post Jan 16 2015, 04:00 PM
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Long before UMSF, there was a Beagle 2 Yahoo group I formed - just as a clearing house for info about a mission that was to be controlled just a few miles from where I lived at the time.

Frankly - MER was barely on my radar. When we never heard from Beagle...I was so disappointed - gutted beyond words. I'd even popped a good luck Christmas card under the door of Mission Control the night of landing.

To now know that it made it all the way to the ground is just astonishing. I was skeptical it had made it that far - especially with the absence of a parachute in MOC imagery ( turns out a MOC image in '04 was right over that spot...but the downlink got corrupted )

Without Beagle - there would have been no UMSF, and I wouldn't have ended up where I am today.

Wherever you are, Prof Pillinger..... thank you. You can be damned proud of what Britain did back in 2003.
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post Jan 16 2015, 05:29 PM
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Very well said, Doug.


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post Jan 16 2015, 05:30 PM
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I would just like to express my mix of emotions, here. Extreme wonder and pride that the little Beagle that could, actually did. Intense frustration that a single petal deploy failure led to loss of mission. And deep and profound sadness that Dr. Pillinger did not live to see this day.

At least one thing that has changed my life came of it, even if the mission failed -- that it led to Doug creating this wonderful home-away-from-home for myself and all of my good friends here at UMSF.

Godspeed, Beagle 2.

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post Jan 16 2015, 06:27 PM
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QUOTE (djellison @ Jan 16 2015, 11:00 AM) *
Long before UMSF, there was a Beagle 2 Yahoo group I formed - just as a clearing house for info about a mission that was to be controlled just a few miles from where I lived at the time.

Frankly - MER was barely on my radar. When we never heard from Beagle...I was so disappointed - gutted beyond words. I'd even popped a good luck Christmas card under the door of Mission Control the night of landing.

To now know that it made it all the way to the ground is just astonishing. I was skeptical it had made it that far - especially with the absence of a parachute in MOC imagery ( turns out a MOC image in '04 was right over that spot...but the downlink got corrupted )

Without Beagle - there would have been no UMSF, and I wouldn't have ended up where I am today.

Wherever you are, Prof Pillinger..... thank you. You can be damned proud of what Britain did back in 2003.


Hear, hear! Bravo for the brave souls who work so hard on these projects and as my friend put (for he is in the industry): "One failure and we close the lab."

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post Jan 16 2015, 06:35 PM
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Deeply gratifying to see it on the surface. Also, of course, important beyond words for the future to see what worked and what didn't; that's how we learn and move forward.

Well done, Beagle 2 team, and well done, HiRISE team!!! smile.gif


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post Jan 16 2015, 06:44 PM
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I wasn't involved in Beagle 2, but I was doing my PhD in the UK at the time, and watched my friend lose their job on Christmas day. So for that, and many other reasons, today has been good.

So, I've always wondered if this trick could actually be useful for anything...I think that the left-most object might fall in an overlap between HiRISE CCDs. Could the overlap be used for anything? Noise reduction? As an extra image for super-resolution (so 4 instead of 3)?

My (badly-calibrated, hence checker-board effect) non map-projected rush job of RED1 and RED2 of ESP_037145_1915 as an example. The individual CCD images are in the EDR products page.

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EDIT: I've stuck all my context images up here in case anybody wants to use them for talks etc.
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post Jan 16 2015, 07:18 PM
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So if we've got it on R1 and R2 from 037145, one red from another observation, plus the three colors ( IR, R and bG ) from the color catch... we sort of have 6 images of it.

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post Jan 16 2015, 08:43 PM
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QUOTE (djellison @ Jan 16 2015, 09:00 AM) *
turns out a MOC image in '04 was right over that spot...

Is there any MOC coverage of this spot before the Beagle 2 landing? If it's close to the center of the ellipse I'd think there would be, and it would be useful to prove that the features are new.


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post Jan 16 2015, 09:18 PM
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I don't think so.... if the Google Earth MOC layer is exhaustive and the ASU Global data search is similar exhaustive - it's definitely a no. http://viewer.mars.asu.edu/planetview/inst...1300632&T=2 got close - but http://viewer.mars.asu.edu/planetview/inst...2100301&T=2 is the only MOC NA image over the site - that that's corrupt and 9 months post landing
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post Jan 16 2015, 09:33 PM
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There is also a white spot above the location of Beagle 2...any thoughts on what that might have been?
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post Jan 16 2015, 09:42 PM
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I was wondering about that, too. It's only really visible in the most recent image.

Also, my eye wants me to believe that there's something flapping around near the location of the backshell. I'm curious to hear others' opinions.


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