Bea­gle 2 found

All About Space - - Mars Express -

More than ten years after its dis­ap­pear­ance, the lon­glost Bea­gle 2 lan­der was found cour­tesy of NASA’s Mars Re­con­nais­sance Or­biter’s (MRO).

“Not know­ing what hap­pened to Bea­gle 2 re­mained a nag­ging worry. Un­der­stand­ing now that Bea­gle 2 made it all the way down to the sur­face is ex­cel­lent news,” said Ru­dolf Sch­midt, ESA's Mars Ex­press project man­ager at the time.

But if it landed suc­cess­fully, where did it go wrong?

Im­ages from the MRO's HiRISE (High Res­o­lu­tion Imaging Science Ex­per­i­ment) cam­era sug­gest that only three of its four so­lar pan­els were de­ployed. This couldn’t sup­ply enough power to al­low the ra­dio an­tenna to trans­mit data and com­mu­ni­cate with Earth.

The slight re­flec­tive sig­nal was de­duced to be the miss­ing Bea­gle 2

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