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[Beagle 2 Found On Mars]
[Professor Mark Sims (University Of Leicester:] Source: LYBIO.net
Beagle 2 was a really innovative project. It was trying to look for evidence of life on Mars and actually in fact evidence of organics; it was trying to do world-class science. It was away ahead of its time. The size of Beagle 2 in order to fit on Mars Express had to be very, very small. It had to be no more than about a meter across in terms of its heat shield, no more than 60 kilos to 70 Kilos in terms of its mass, in order to fly.
So the design of Beagle 2 was very innovative design, it was a pocket watch type opening design, in terms of the Lander, with a – mass was about 68 kilos to 70 kilos. It used parachutes and air bags to cushion its landing on Mars and then it would unfold it, exposing its solar panels in order to operate on the surface.
Beagle 2 was launched on Mars Express on the 2nd of June 2003 it was fully operational and then was ejected from Mars Express on the 19th of December 2003. It went to the atmosphere at about 2:51 a.m. on the 25th of December, 2003 and it would have been a great Christmas present, if it communicated with us. Unfortunately it didn’t, we never heard from Beagle 2 following its ejection from Mars Express and we thought it was lost.
Late last year, a private citizen Michael Croon of Germany, he was actually at ex-Mars Express operations person. And he discovered some targets on Mars, which could be Beagle 2. We’ve come back to those images, examined them and actually commissioned in conjunction with the HiRISE team and NASA, some additional images. And those images show very good evidence of Beagle 2 having to landed successfully on Mars.
And what we see is a parachute, what we see is a partially deployed Lander, what we see is a rear cover, and a pilot chute and possibly even an air bag, which was used to actually cushion the landing of Beagle 2. Why do we think its Beagle Two? Because we have a number of images now, we have three taken over a number of years. And in between those images, the sun angle changes and you get different glimpse of that target, as the sun angle changes. Those glimpse show that you’ve got the flat metallic surface and it is exactly the right size.
The interesting is that it’s only partially deployed and that would explain a lot, because Beagle 2 had to fully open with solar panels in order for the radio antenna to be visible and to be able to transmit data to Mars orbiting satellites, both Mars Express and the NASA orbiting satellite, to communicate with us and tell us when it’s landed and for us to be able to operate it from here in Leicester. So that would explain the mystery of why Beagle 2 was lost, exactly what the reason is, we don’t know and we would do further imaging and further analysis to try and ascertain exactly what happened to Beagle 2.
[Mark Sims:] Source: LYBIO.net
Beagle 2 wasn’t a failure by any stretch of the imagination it trained a whole generation of engineers and scientists in Mars exploration. And those led indirectly to UK large involvement and the ESA Aurora planetary exploration program. And also the ExoMars mission, which is a rover that will go to Mars in 2018 and will be drilling for potential evidence of organics and life in 2019. The exciting thing is we found Beagle 2, it has been lost for 11 years to 12 years, depending whether you count from launch or landing.
Is is a great project, Collin enthused everybody. I just find it sad that Collin passed away last May and unfortunately we will never know how close Beagle 2 got to doing the world class science that he and the rest of the team proposed. And it was a privilege for the University of Leicester to be involved in the project.
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