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The UK-led Beagle-2 Mars lander, which was transported by ESA's Mars Express mission and was lost on Mars since 2003, on the Red Planet's surface, in a photo released on Jan. 16, 2015.
The UK-led Beagle-2 Mars lander, which was transported by ESA's Mars Express mission and was lost on Mars since 2003, on the Red Planet's surface, in a photo released on Jan. 16, 2015. HIRISE/NASA/EPA

Missing Beagle 2 Mars Lander Spotted on Planet's Surface

Jan 16, 2015

The missing Mars lander Beagle 2 has been found on the surface of the planet after more than a decade, scientists announced Friday, solving the mystery of what happened to its doomed mission.

The robot was supposed to make a soft touchdown on Mars on Christmas Day in 2003 but contact was lost.

New images from planet's surface show that it made a successful touchdown and was partially deployed, the U.K. Space Agency said in a statement.

However, it will not be possible to recover any data from the device.

PHOTOS: The Most Beautiful Panoramas and Mosaics From Opportunity’s Decade on Mars

Rover tracks disappear toward the horizon like the wake of a ship across the desolate sea of sand between the craters Endurance and Victoria on the Meridiani Plains.
Rover tracks disappear toward the horizon like the wake of a ship across the desolate sea of sand between the craters Endurance and Victoria on the Meridiani Plains.NASA— JPL-Caltech / Cornell University
Rover tracks disappear toward the horizon like the wake of a ship across the desolate sea of sand between the craters Endurance and Victoria on the Meridiani Plains.
A false-color image of Endurance Crater.
NASA's Mars Exploration Rover Spirit acquired this false-color image after using the rock abrasion tool to brush the surfaces of rock targets informally named "Stars" (left) and "Crawfords" (right).
The piece of metal with the American flag on it is made of aluminum recovered from the site of the World Trade Center towers in New York City. It serves as a cable guard for Spirit’s rock abrasion tool as well as a memorial to the victims of the September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks. Opportunity has an identical piece.Image Number: PIA05221Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/Cornell University
Rover tracks disappear toward the horizon like the wake of a ship across the desolate sea of sand between the craters En
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