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Found! Beagle 2 on Mars

Artist's impression of Beagle 2 on Mars

Air Date: 02/17/2015
Run Time: 28:50

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  • Mark Sims, Professor of Astrobiology and Spacecraft Instrumentation, University of Leicester

Topics: Rosetta and Philae, comets, Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter, Opportunity, astronomy, FY2016 NASA Budget, comet Churyumov-Gerasimenko, Mars Exploration Rovers, explaining science, Mars, Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter, Bill Nye

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The Beagle 2 Mars lander disappeared after it separated from the Mars Express orbiter on Christmas Day, 2003. Eleven years later, it has been found, partially-deployed on the Martian surface. Longtime Beagle 2 mission leader Mark Sims tells the story. Bill Nye argues for restoration of funds for two great missions. Emily Lakdawalla marvels at incredibly detailed images taken by the Rosetta comet mission. What’s Up goes to school as Mat Kaplan talks to Bruce Betts during his live distance learning astronomy class.

Beagle 2 viewed by HiRISE

NASA / JPL-Caltech / UA / Parker / Leicester

Beagle 2 viewed by HiRISE

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Insomniacfolder: 02/17/2015 10:34 CST

Lie-Chester? Oh that American pronunciation! Leicester = 'Less-ter' Two countries separated by a common language, indeed! Good to close the Beagle 2 chapter after all these years. Clear skies; keep looking up.

ChrisC: 02/19/2015 12:31 CST

The "active comet from a distance" blog link is broken.

JK: 02/19/2015 10:46 CST

Insomniacfolder, in Massachusetts there is a Leicester and we pronounce it the correctly too! Perhaps you should bemoan, "Oh, that Californian pronounciation!"

Karen Hames - The Planetary Society: 02/19/2015 04:29 CST

@ChrisC Thanks for pointing that out. The link has been updated.

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