The planned landing area for Beagle 2 at the time of launch was approximately 170 x 100 kilometers (105 x 62 miles) within Isidis Planitia
The only other two areas of Mars meeting the requirements of being near the equator at low elevation, Isidis Planitia
and Valles Marineris, are too rocky and windy.
On the edge of Bereghinya Planitia
lies a 40 km wide volcano named Drolma Tholus.
The pounds 45m lander was scheduled to put down in a near-equatorial region of the planet known as Isidis Planitia
The pounds 45 million robotic contraption was meant to put down in a near-equatorial region of the planet known as Isidis Planitia
but all contact was lost with the mother ship on December 19.
Beagle's final resting place appears to be a one kilometre-wide crater, which could be hundreds of metres deep, that lies like a bullseye at the centre of the target area on Isidis Planitia
near the Martian equator.
The ten-stone craft should parachute over an area 11km wide by 70km long on a basin called Isidis Planitia
, near the Martian equator.
Beagle 2 is heading for Isidis Planitia
, north of the Martian equator where scientists believe there was once water.
Using a ground-piercing radar sensor aboard the Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter, a team of scientists created 3-D maps of an equatorial region known as Elysium Planitia
and the channels that run underneath the plains.
The channels lie in Elysium Planitia
, an expanse of plains along the Martian equator and the youngest volcanic region on the planet.
On 2005 Nov 22 (Ls = 328[degrees]) a small bright dust cloud appeared in the Chryse Planitia
Other researchers caution that the flat region, known as Elysium Planitia
, might have been sculpted by flowing lava or a mixture of lava and water.