Lost and Found: British Mars lander Beagle 2
The dustbin-lid sized British Mars lander Beagle 2 that was lost long ago in 2003 on Christmas Day has been found now in Mars, according to recent reports.
Although there have not been much details shared formally, the boffins from NASA that has been managing High Resolution Imaging Science Experiment or HiRISE instrument that’s on board the American agency’s Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter will be a part of the briefing.
Shane Byrne, an Arizona University scientist on the HiRISE team said, “HiRise is the only camera at Mars that can see former spacecraft like Beagle 2. It’s definitely pretty close to its intended landing spot, no matter what. It entered the atmosphere at the right time and place.” NASA has also been asked to keep the details of the discovery confidentially before the formal briefing on Friday.
Beagle 2 was taken to Mars on European Space Agency’s Mars Express craft that has been in the orbit since it was launched. The British lander which was built with different management arrangements from most spacecraft was considered as the brainchild of colourful scientist Professor Colin Pilinger, popularly called as a proper British boffin.
Beagle detached itself from Mars Express when it was being taken into space but nothing was heard from it since then. The NASA HiRISE team had searched for it for some time and dropped the search after that. HiRISE has also picked the locations of other human machines on the surface of the Red planet.