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Beagle 2: the exobiology lander on ESA's 2003 Mars Express mission
Author(s): Mark R. Sims; C. T. Pillinger; I. P. Wright; G. Morgan; George W. Fraser; D. Pullan; S. Whitehead; J. Dowson; Richard E. Cole; Alan A. Wells; L. Richter; H. Kochan; Hans Hamacher; Alan Johnstone; A. J. Coates; S. C. Peskett; A. Brack; J. Clemmet; R. Slade; N. Phillips; C. Berry; A. Senior; J. S. Lingard; J. C. Underwood; John C. Zarnecki; Mark E. Towner; M. Leese; A. Gambier-Parry; Nicolas Thomas; Jean-Luc Josset; G. Klingelhoefer
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Paper Abstract

The 60 kg Beagle 2 lander for ESA's 2003 Mars Express mission will be described. Beagle 2 will 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 mechanical mole and grinder to obtain samples from below the surface, under rocks, and inside rocks. Such samples will be returned to the lander for detailed analysis. Analysis will include examination of samples and rocks and soils with an optical microscope and X-ray Spectrometer 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 along with the status of the project.

Paper Details

Date Published: 30 December 1999
PDF: 14 pages
Proc. SPIE 3755, Instruments, Methods, and Missions for Astrobiology II, (30 December 1999); doi: 10.1117/12.375066
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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)
G. Morgan, The Open Univ. (United Kingdom)
George W. Fraser, Univ. of Leicester (United Kingdom)
D. Pullan, Univ. of Leicester (United Kingdom)
S. Whitehead, Univ. of Leicester (United Kingdom)
J. Dowson, Univ. of Leicester (United Kingdom)
Richard E. Cole, Univ. of Leicester (United Kingdom)
Alan A. Wells, Univ. of Leicester (United Kingdom)
L. Richter, DRL (Germany)
H. Kochan, DRL (Germany)
Hans Hamacher, DRL (Germany)
Alan Johnstone, Mullard Space Science Lab. (United Kingdom)
A. J. Coates, Mullard Space Science Lab. (United Kingdom)
S. C. Peskett, Rutherford Appleton Lab. (United Kingdom)
A. Brack, Ctr. de Biophysique Moleculaire/CNRS (France)
J. Clemmet, Matra Marconi Space Systems Ltd. (United Kingdom)
R. Slade, Matra Marconi Space Systems Ltd. (United Kingdom)
N. Phillips, Matra Marconi Space Systems Ltd. (United Kingdom)
C. Berry, Matra Marconi Space Systems Ltd. (United Kingdom)
A. Senior, Matra Marconi Space UK Ltd. (United Kingdom)
J. S. Lingard, Martin-Baker Aircraft Co. Ltd. (United Kingdom)
J. C. Underwood, Martin-Baker Aircraft Co. Ltd. (United Kingdom)
John C. Zarnecki, Univ. of Kent at Canterbury (United Kingdom)
Mark E. Towner, Univ. of Kent at Canterbury (United Kingdom)
M. Leese, Univ. of Kent at Canterbury (United Kingdom)
A. Gambier-Parry, Denman Productions (United Kingdom)
Nicolas Thomas, Max-Planck-Institut fuer Aeronomie (Germany)
Jean-Luc Josset, CSEM-Swiss Ctr. for Electronics and Microtechnology (Switzerland)
G. Klingelhoefer, Darmstadt Univ. of Technology (Germany)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 3755:
Instruments, Methods, and Missions for Astrobiology II
Richard B. Hoover, Editor(s)

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