Beagle 2

On Mars found missing 12 years ago spacecraft

On Mars found missing on December 25, 2003 spacecraft Beagle-2″. Previously it was thought that the module is designed to search for signs of life on the planet, crashed while landing (crash airbags and parachutes). However, NASA found “Beagle-2” using the HiRise camera: the craft landed on Mars in one piece, only the failure of solar panels, not released an over the air antenna, led to the fact that the Earth has lost contact with him. On opening said at a press-conference of the European space Agency.
On Mars found missing 12 years ago spacecraft
“Beagle-2”, developed by British scientists under the leadership of Colin Pillinger was podzemlen to the vehicle European space mission “Mars Express”. It was the first in the country’s history module for running on other planets. The device was supposed to work on the surface of Mars 180 days, studying the Geology, Mineralogy, climate, as well as looking for signs of life.
However, during landing a link with the “Beagle-2 was interrupted. Back in 2003, critics of the project were warned about the lack of sophistication of the device – the first of his landing system consisting of only one parachute and multiple airbags. During testing pillow exploded, and the parachute design had to be changed just a month before the flight. The European space Agency (ESA) were even ready to abandon apparatus.
Images from HiRise showed that the unit has successfully sat on Mars – on the plain of ISIS, just six kilometers from the originally planned site. His landing system worked perfectly, and the loss caused by a failure in the motor, the opening of the solar panel: those not opened and the radio antenna was not able to start working.
Beagle 2
“Beagle-2” was named in honor of the ship “Beagle”, which made their expedition Charles Darwin. This device is the brainchild of astrophysics Colin Pillinger who hoped to accomplish with it revolutionary discoveries about ancient life on Mars. Funding the project has received mainly from private sources, through organized Pillinger advertising campaigns. Scientist attracted to the design of the apparatus of the richest artist in the world by Damien Hirst (Damien Hirst), and a musical theme, which is “Beagle-2” was supposed to play at planting, was written by the band Blur. Scientists say a sad irony in the fact that Pillinger took place just eight months before the final clarification of a successful landing.