The following is an excerpt from Dan Good | March 29, 2016 | abcnews.go.com | Published 2015 |
More than a decade after it went missing, the Beagle 2 Mars Lander has finally been found.
Turns out the mission was a success, after all.
The U.K.-led project was spotted in high-resolution images captured by NASA’s Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter, seen partially deployed on the surface of the Red Planet.
Beagle 2 has not been heard from since its landing Christmas Day 2003.
David Parker, chief executive of the United Kingdom Space Agency, acknowledged the significance of the finding in a statement.
“The history of space exploration is marked by both success and failure,” Parker said. “This finding makes the case that Beagle 2 was more of a success than we previously knew and undoubtedly an important step in Europe’s continuing exploration of Mars.”
The British-built Beagle-2 was launched on the European Space Agency's Mars Express orbiter and was supposed to look for life.
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