Friday, January 16, 2015

Missing spacecraft discovered on Mars 11 years later

Britain's "Beagle 2" spacecraft, once dubbed "a heroic failure" by the nation's Astronomer Royal, was re-branded "a great success" on Friday for being found on Mars 11 years after it was originally launched in 2003.
Beagle 2, part of a European Space Agency's Mars Express mission searching for extraterrestrial life, had been due to land on Mars on Christmas Day of 2003, but disappeared on December 19, 2003. Until now, nothing had been heard from it. But at a packed news conference at London's Royal Society scientific institution on Friday, space experts said the tiny Mars lander had been found on the surface of the red planet.

"Beagle 2 is no longer lost," said David Parker, chief executive of UK Space Agency. He said recent images from the HiRISE camera on NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter showed "good evidence" that the spacecraft landed on Mars on the date it was due, but only partially deployed and failed to report its location to the home base.

Reuters
http://www.globaltimes.cn/content/902376.shtml
16/1/15
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  • The UK-led Beagle-2 Mars lander, which hitched a ride on ESA’s Mars Express mission and was lost on Mars since 2003, has been found in images taken by a NASA orbiter at the Red Planet.
Beagle-2 was released from its mother craft on 19 December 2003 and was due to land six days later. But nothing was heard from the lander after its scheduled touchdown, and searches by Mars Express and NASA’s Mars Odyssey mission were fruitless. 

Now, over a decade later, the lander has been identified in images taken by the high-resolution camera on NASA’s Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter. 

 The lander is seen partially deployed on the surface, showing that the entry, descent and landing sequence worked and it did indeed successfully land on Mars on Christmas Day 2003.................http://www.esa.int/Our_Activities/Space_Science/Mars_Express/Beagle-2_lander_found_on_Mars
16/1/15
 

1 comment:

  1. La sonda Beagle2 perdida hace 12 años, encontrada intacta en Marte ...

    La sonda Beagle2, que fue dada por perdida hace más de una década, ha sido hallada en la superficie del Planeta Rojo aparentemente intacta.

    Las imágenes en alta resolución tomadas desde la órbita de Marte han identificado la localización del robot Beagle2, informa la BBC.

    La sonda británica intentó aterrizar en Marte en diciembre 2003 utilizando paracaídas y airbags, pero nunca se consiguió establecer contacto por radio con ella. Los científicos asumieron que se destruyó en el impacto por viajar a gran velocidad.

    Las nuevas imágenes tomadas por el 'Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter' de la NASA revelan qué ocurrió con esta misión europea. El diseño de Beagle2 incorporaba una serie de "pétalos" destructibles en los cuales se ubicaban los paneles solares. Como puede verse en las imágenes, el sistema no se desplegó del todo y las antenas de radio se encontraron debajo de los paneles solares.
    http://actualidad.rt.com/ciencias/163494-beagle2-perder-marte-encontrar-intacto
    16/1/15

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