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

The instrumentation on the 60 kg Beagle 2 lander for ESA's 2003 Mars Express mission will be described. Beagle 2 will be 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 acquisitions and preparation tools to obtain samples from below the surface, and both under and inside rocks. In situ analysis will include examination of samples with an optical microscope, Mossbauer and fluorescent X-ray spectrometers. Extracted samples will be returned to the lander for analysis, in particular a search for organics and a measurement of their isotopic composition. The experiment configuration and design will be described along with the status of the project.

Paper Details

Date Published: 29 December 2000
PDF: 12 pages
Proc. SPIE 4137, Instruments, Methods, and Missions for Astrobiology III, (29 December 2000); doi: 10.1117/12.411619
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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)
I. J. Praine, 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)
Alan A. Wells, Univ. of Leicester (United Kingdom)
L. Richter, German Aerospace Research Establishment (Germany)
H. Kochan, German Aerospace Research Establishment (Germany)
Hans Hamacher, German Aerospace Research Establishment (Germany)
A. Griffiths, Mullard Space Science Lab./Univ. College London (United Kingdom)
A. J. Coates, Mullard Space Science Lab./Univ. College London (United Kingdom)
S. C. Peskett, Rutherford Appleton Lab. (United Kingdom)
A. Brack, Ctr. de Biophysique Moleculaire (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, Systems Engineering and Assessment 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)
Aaron P. Zent, NASA Ames Research Ctr. (United States)
Nicolas Thomas, Max-Planck-Institut fuer Aeronomie (Germany)
Jean-Luc Josset, CSEM (Switzerland)
G. Klingelhoefer, Darmstadt Univ. of Technology (Germany)
P. van Duijn, Satellite Services BV (Netherlands)
G. Sims, Satellite Services BV (Netherlands)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 4137:
Instruments, Methods, and Missions for Astrobiology III
Richard B. Hoover, Editor(s)

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