SCIENTISTS have released the most detailed pictures of Mars’ surface including an image of the failed Beagle-2.
BY NERTI U. QATJA, @VOP_TODAY – Source: SEAN MARTIN
The European Space Agency’s (ESA) lander was sent to the Red Planet in 2003, but it was feared that it crash landed when Earth failed to receive any contact from it upon its arrival.
However, it turned out that the craft landed correctly but it was a glitch afterwards that meant it was unable to contact home.
Now, a team of University College London (UCL) scientists based in London have released the most hi-res images of the Martian surface from orbit, and one of the pictures contains the failed Beagle-2.
Co-author Professor Jan-Peter Muller from the UCL Mullard Space Science Laboratory, said: “We now have the equivalent of drone-eye vision anywhere on the surface of Mars where there are enough clear repeat pictures.
“This will be a game-changer and the start of a new era in planetary exploration.”