” NASA found a long lost British spacecraft on Mars
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A piece of equipment lost on Mars for more than a decade was just spotted by a NASA satellite orbiting the planet.
The Beagle 2 Mars Lander was built in the United Kingdom and sent along with the European Space Agency’s Mars Express mission, and it was designed to gather pictures, soil samples and other data. It was the result of a multimillion dollar collaboration between academia and industry, with private funders putting up a considerable portion of the needed funds. The Mars Express mission launched in June 2003, and the Beagle 2 ejected from the spacecraft on Dec. 19 of that year. The lander’s mission team lost contact with the Beagle 2 shortly after that. The craft was scheduled to land on Christmas Day, but until now scientists never knew if the craft had managed to land on the Red Planet.
” I am delighted that Beagle 2 has finally been found on Mars,” said Mark Sims, a professor at the University of Leicester who had been the Beagle 2 team’s mission manager, in a report released by the U.K. Space Agency. “Every Christmas Day since 2003 I have wondered what happened to Beagle 2.”