Spacecraft Missing For 11 Years Spotted On Mars

January 17, 2015 3:55 PM

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Spacecraft Missing For 11 Years Spotted On Mars

The 11-year-old mystery of what happened to the UK-sponsored Beagle 2 Mars lander on its trip to the red planet’s surface appeared to be mostly solved Friday with the announcement the craft had been spotted in high-resolution NASA images taken from orbit.

The lander, crammed with devices to look for signs of life on Mars, never radioed home after hitching a ride aboard the European Space Agency’s Mars Express orbiter and dropping into the atmosphere on December 25, 2003.

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