The big news today is the discovery, courtesy of NASA’s Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (MRO), of the UK-led Beagle 2 lander on the surface of Mars.
Beagle 2 was meant to parachute to the surface of Mars in December 2003, but after separation, the small craft was never heard from again.
In 2014, remains of Beagle 2 were spotted by the HiRise camera on board MRO; the images and full details are here.
We thought you might enjoy seeing some archive pics of Beagle, so we gathered a selection of images showing the craft on Earth, during launch and its last-ever view seen from Mars Express from space (by the VMC camera), just after separation on 19 Dec 2003.
Source: Mars Express blog