Missing Mars Lander Found After More Than a Decade
A missing British lander has been found on Mars after more than a decade.
The Beagle-2 lander has been missing in space since 2003. It had been scheduled to land on Mars on Christmas Day.
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ESA said in a statement Friday that new photos taken by the high-resolution camera on NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter show the lander partially deployed on the surface of the Red Planet.
Beagle-2 has not been heard of since it separated from its mother ship, but ESA says the images prove the entry, descent and landing sequence did work and that it successfully landed on Mars on Christmas Day in 2003.
The British-built Beagle-2 was launched on ESA's Mars Express orbiter and was supposed to look for life.
After the project failed, two U.S. spacecraft landed on Mars and sent back many pictures and extensive scientific data.