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Beagle 2: a proposed exobiology lander for ESA's 2003 Mars Express mission
Author(s): Mark R. Sims; C. T. Pillinger; I. P. Wright; Richard E. Cole; S. Whitehead; Alan A. Wells; K. Wittmann; L. Richter; H. Kochan; Hans Hamacher; Alan Johnstone; K. Rees; R. F. Turner; S. C. Peskett; A. Brack; J. Hobbs; L. Berthoud; R. Durrant; J. Higgins; J. Windsor; Horst Uwe Keller; H. Rosenbauer; Nicolas Thomas; J. S. Lingard; J. C. Underwood; Gerhard Neukum; R. Turner
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Paper Abstract

The proposed Beagle 2 lander for ESA's 2003 Mars Express mission will be described. The aim of Beagle 2 will be to search for organic material on and below the surface of Mars in addition to a study of the inorganic chemistry and mineralogy of the landing site. The lander will utilize a small rover equipped with a mechanical and grinder to obtained samples from below the surface, under rocks, and inside rocks. Samples will be returned to the lander for analysis. Analysis performed by Beagle 2 will include examination of samples with an optical microscope and APX and Mossbauer Spectrometers as well as a search for organics and a measurement of their isotopic composition. The lander systems design as well as the experiment configuration will be described.

Paper Details

Date Published: 6 July 1998
PDF: 15 pages
Proc. SPIE 3441, Instruments, Methods, and Missions for Astrobiology, (6 July 1998); doi: 10.1117/12.319840
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Mark R. Sims, Univ. of Leicester (United Kingdom)
C. T. Pillinger, The Open Univ. (United Kingdom)
I. P. Wright, The Open Univ. (United Kingdom)
Richard E. Cole, Univ. of Leicester (United Kingdom)
S. Whitehead, Univ. of Leicester (United Kingdom)
Alan A. Wells, Univ. of Leicester (United Kingdom)
K. Wittmann, German Aerospace Establishment (Germany)
L. Richter, German Aerospace Establishment (Germany)
H. Kochan, German Aerospace Establishment (Germany)
Hans Hamacher, German Aerospace Research Establishment/DLR (Germany)
Alan Johnstone, Mullard Space Sciences Lab./Univ. College London (United Kingdom)
K. Rees, Univ. College London (United Kingdom)
R. F. Turner, Rutherford Appleton Lab. (United Kingdom)
S. C. Peskett, Rutherford Appleton Lab. (United Kingdom)
A. Brack, CNRS Ctr. de Biophysical Moleculaire (France)
J. Hobbs, Marta-Marconi Space UK Ltd. (United Kingdom)
L. Berthoud, Marta-Marconi Space UK Ltd. (United Kingdom)
R. Durrant, Marta-Marconi Space UK Ltd. (United Kingdom)
J. Higgins, Marta-Marconi Space UK Ltd. (United Kingdom)
J. Windsor, Marta-Marconi Space UK Ltd. (United Kingdom)
Horst Uwe Keller, Max-Planck-Institut fuer Aeronomie (Germany)
H. Rosenbauer, Max-Planck-Institut fuer Aeronomie (Germany)
Nicolas Thomas, Max-Planck-Institut fuer Aeronomie (Germany)
J. S. Lingard, Martin-Baker Aircraft Co., Ltd. (United Kingdom)
J. C. Underwood, Martin-Baker Aircraft Co., Ltd. (United Kingdom)
Gerhard Neukum, DLR Institute of Planetary Exploration (Germany)
R. Turner, Marta-Marconi Space UK Ltd. (United Kingdom)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 3441:
Instruments, Methods, and Missions for Astrobiology
Richard B. Hoover, Editor(s)

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