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Publication Detail
The Beagle 2 stereo camera system: scientific objectives and design characteristics
  • Publication Type:
    Journal article
  • Publication Sub Type:
    Article
  • Authors:
    Griffiths AD, Coates AJ, Josset J, Paar G, Hofmann B, Pullan D, Rüffer P, Sims MR, Pillinger CT
  • Publisher:
    Elseveir
  • Publication date:
    12/2005
  • Pagination:
    1466, 1482
  • Journal:
    Planetary and Space Science
  • Volume:
    53
  • Issue:
    14-15
  • Print ISSN:
    0032-0633
  • Keywords:
    Mars, Mars express, Mars landers, Beagle 2, Stereo imager, Digital terrain models, Panoramic imaging, Water vapour
  • Notes:
    Imported via OAI, 7:29:01 24th Mar 2007; Imported via OAI, 7:29:00 31st Mar 2007
Abstract
The stereo camera system (SCS) was designed to provide wide-angle multi-spectral stereo imaging of the Beagle 2 landing site. Based on the Space-X micro-cameras, the primary objective was to construct a digital elevation model of the area in reach of the lander's robot arm. The SCS technical specifications and scientific objectives are described; these included panoramic 3-colour imaging to characterise the landing site; multi-spectral imaging to study the mineralogy of rocks and soils beyond the reach of the arm and solar observations to measure water vapour absorption and the atmospheric dust optical density. Also envisaged were stellar observations to determine the lander location and orientation, multi-spectral observations of Phobos & Deimos and observations of the landing site to monitor temporal changes. The stereo camera system (SCS) was designed to provide wide-angle multi-spectral stereo imaging of the Beagle 2 landing site. Based on the Space-X micro-cameras, the primary objective was to construct a digital elevation model of the area in reach of the lander's robot arm. The SCS technical specifications and scientific objectives are described; these included panoramic 3-colour imaging to characterise the landing site; multi-spectral imaging to study the mineralogy of rocks and soils beyond the reach of the arm and solar observations to measure water vapour absorption and the atmospheric dust optical density. Also envisaged were stellar observations to determine the lander location and orientation, multi-spectral observations of Phobos & Deimos and observations of the landing site to monitor temporal changes.
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