Researchers at the University College London have released images of the surface of Mars that shows the lost Beagle 2 probe.
Using an “image stacking and matching technique” called Super-Resolution Restoration (SRR), the team managed to enhance previous photographs to show Beagle 2 in unprecedented detail.
While each image has a resolution of around 25cm, the technique allowed the team to produce images of the Martian landscape with a resolution of just 5cm, allowing much finer detail to be observed than ever before
Showing a bright blip in dusty terrain, the new picture is four times the resolution of previous images.
“Given the size of Beagle 2, even with super-resolution images you are not likely to see more than a series of blobs because it is so small,” said Mark Sims, of the University of Leicester and former mission manager for Beagle 2.
“What it does show is that it is on the surface and it is at least partially deployed.”
When zoomed in, the bright spot on the surface of Mars resembles the ill-fated probe, which was launched by the European Space Agency back in December 2003.
Beagle-2 was launched to touch down on Mars’ surface. When it failed to radio home, many researchers just assumed it had been destroyed in a high-velocity impact with the ground.