Missing Beagle 2 lander is found on Mars surface




British Beagle 2 lander after 11 years back found on the surface of Mars. The probe was able to make radio contact after landing in 2003. Initially it was thought that the Beagle 2 would have crashed, but that seems not the case.

Due to the small size of the probe – the diameter does not exceed 2 meters – the search for the Beagle 2 was a huge job. On a high-res photo of the Reconnaissance Orbiter, a satellite of NASA, the Beagle 2 is finally spotted. From the photographs also show that the probe only 5 kilometers from the intended landing site on the surface of Mars has come down. The figure also shows that some solar panels are folded, but probably not all.

Possibly the probe does not come down on a flat surface, so not all solar panels could be unfolded and the electronics could not be fed. The probe can be just something landed too hard, causing the Beagle 2 is damaged.

ESA is pleased surprised by the discovery of the probe after the “disappearance” of 11 years. The space agency says that the radio silence after landing has raised many questions in 2003, but the landing time seems to have passed.

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