posted on Nov, 9 2004 @ 12:16 PM
From ESA website:
[ESA Mars Express Camera Specs
"High Resolution Stereo Camera (HRSC)
The HRSC will image the entire planet in full colour, 3D and with a resolution of about 10 metres. Selected areas will be imaged at 2-metre
resolution. One of the camera's greatest strengths will be the unprecedented pointing accuracy achieved by combining images at the two different
resolutions. Another will be the 3D imaging which will reveal the topography of Mars in full colour.
"As the 2-metre resolution image is nested in a 10-metre resolution swath, we will know precisely where we are looking. The 2-metre resolution
channel will allow us to just pick out the Beagle 2 lander on the surface," says Gerhard Neukum, HRSC Principal Investigator from Freie Universität
Berlin, Germany. "
Pick out the Beagle 2 Lander? OK..where is it? Where's the Polar Lander?
How about sharing some 2 meter resolution images of this:
What's up w/ the boom?
MARSIS Sub-Surface Sounding Radar Altimeter
MARSIS will map the sub-surface structure to a depth of a few kilometres. The instrument's 40-metre long antenna will send low frequency radio waves
towards the planet, which will be reflected from any surface they encounter.
For most, this will be the surface of Mars, but a significant fraction will travel through the crust to be reflected at sub-surface interfaces between
layers of different material, including water or ice.
"We should be able to measure the thickness of sand deposits in dune areas, or determine whether there are layers of sediment sitting on top of other
material," says Giovanni Picardi, MARSIS Principal Investigator from Universita di Roma 'La Sapienza', Rome, Italy. MARSIS will also study the
ionosphere, as this electrically charged region of the upper atmosphere will reflect some radio waves.
Too much secrecy folks....something's going on at Mars that is not being revealed.