The Search Continues for Beagle 2

H20 Crater. Image credit: NASA/JPL/University of ArizonaSince its disappearance in December 2003, scientists have continued the search for Europe’s Beagle 2 lander. Although they’ve lost hope in regaining contact, at least they might be able to discover what happened to it and learn from their mistakes.

The powerful new Mars Reconnaissance Orbit has been called into duty to help with the search, and the spacecraft has produced high-resolution images of the region where Beagle 2 was thought to have disappeared.

This image shows the H20 crater, which is located within the 10×50 km ellipse where Beagle 2 should be. Lead scientist for Beagle 2, Colin Pillinger, has reviewed the image and hasn’t found any wreckage yet. But he’s not giving up hope, as MRO will be supplying additional images of the region in the future.

Original Source: PPARC News Release