Missing and dysfunctional Beagle2 probe located intact on Mars

January 17, 2015 7:03 AM

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The UK-led Beagle2 had been on a mission to Mars, but went out of radar on December 25, 2003 and its engineers could never establish a radio communication with it – nor ever got to know what happened to it. But NASA’s Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter has relayed photographs that analysts say might be that of the lost Beagle2 probe – intact on the surface of the Red Planet.

Using parachutes and airbags, the Beagle2 robot had attempted to touchdown on Mars before going silent and losing all contact with Earth – and scientists believe it must have been destroyed as a result of some high-velocity impact. Based on its design, the solar panels of Beagle2 were mounted on a s...

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