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Planetary RadioFebruary 17, 2015

Found! Beagle 2 on Mars

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Mark Sims

Professor of Astrobiology and Spacecraft Instrumentation, University of Leicester

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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