Mars Orbiter Spots Lost Beagle 2 Lander 12 Years Later
Beagle 2 landed on Mars on Christmas Day 2003 to study Martian rocks and soil for signs of life, but communication was lost.By Evan Thomas | January 16, 2015
Researchers have spotted a Mars lander presumed lost for 12 years.
Images from NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter appear to show Beagle 2 more or less intact on the Red Planet's surface.
The UK-led mission was scheduled to land on Christmas Day, 2003. Beagle 2 was supposed to use tools on a deployable arm to hunt for signs of life in the rocks and soil of its landing site. (Video via European Space Agency)