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The Beagle 2 Mars Lander Came ‘Excruciatingly Close’ to Success

Landing on Mars is hard, but the European Space Agency’s first attempt—the Beagle 2 probe—came maddeningly close to being a complete success. In fact, a new 3D modelling analysis shows that the lander’s failure to communicate with the Earth was likely due to a single jammed solar panel. Read More >>

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Beagle 2 “Successfully Landed” on Mars — Here are the Photos

The UK Space Agency has updated us on the status of the lost Beagle 2 probe, saying it had a successful landing on Mars back in 2003 -- and has been photographed sitting right where is was supposed to be by the latest NASA observer. Read More >>

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Mars Pioneer Colin Pillinger Dies, Aged 70

Colin Pillinger, the excellently eccentric and brilliantly sideburned scientist behind the failed attempted to land a probe on Mars in the early 2000s, had died. We will fondly remember his gloriously bonkers and enthusiastic appearances on the news. He was the previous generation's Brian Cox. Read More >>