Beagle 2 found
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