Nasa scientists may have discovered the wreckage of the UK’s pioneering Mars lander Beagle 2 on the surface of Mars in a breakthrough development more than 12 years after the spacecraft’s disappearance.
The fate of Beagle 2 has been a mystery ever since the closely watched failed landing attempt on Christmas Day 2003.
In a rather secretive manner, the UK Space Agency said it would release new information about the lander, a brainchild of the late British planetary scientist Professor Colin Pillinger, later this week.
It’s just a shame Professor Pillinger died in May 2014. Having endured years of jokes about his Beagle lander crash-landing and going AWOL on the surface of Mars, we’re sure he’d have been delighted to hear that the wreckage has finally been located.
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