Planetary Radio • Feb 17, 2015

Found! Beagle 2 on Mars

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Mark Sims

Professor of Astrobiology and Spacecraft Instrumentation for 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
Beagle 2 viewed by HiRISE Image: NASA / JPL-Caltech / UA / Parker / Leicester

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How many bathrooms or toilets are there on the International Space Station?

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Last week's question:

What is the diameter of the largest Deep Space Network antennas?


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Question from the week before:

What are the proper names of the two stars in Ursa Major (The Big Dipper) that point to the North Star?


Merak and Dubhe are the stars in Ursa Major (the Big Dipper) that point to Polaris, the North Star.