Beagle 2: A proposed ExoBiology lander for ESA's 2003 Mars Express mission

MR Sims*, CT Pillinger, IP Wright, R Cole, S Whitehead, A Wells, K Wittmann, L Richter, H Kochan, H Hamacher, A Johnstone, K Rees, R Turner, S Peskett, A Brack, J Hobbs, L Berthoud, R Durrant, J Higgins, R TurnerJ Windsor, HU Keller, H Rosenbauer, N Thomas, JS Lingard, JC Underwood, G Neukum

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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 utilise a small rover equipped with a mechanical mole and grinder to obtain 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 a 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.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationINSTRUMENTS, METHODS, AND MISSIONS FOR ASTROBIOLOGY
EditorsRB Hoover
Place of PublicationBELLINGHAM
PublisherSociety of Photo-Optical Instrumentation Engineers (SPIE)
Pages15-29
Number of pages15
ISBN (Print)0-8194-2896-5
Publication statusPublished - 1998
EventConference on Instruments, Methods, and Missions for Astrobiology - San Diego, United States
Duration: 20 Jul 199822 Jul 1998

Publication series

NamePROCEEDINGS OF THE SOCIETY OF PHOTO-OPTICAL INSTRUMENTATION ENGINEERS (SPIE)
PublisherSPIE-INT SOC OPTICAL ENGINEERING
Volume3441
ISSN (Print)0277-786X

Conference

ConferenceConference on Instruments, Methods, and Missions for Astrobiology
CountryUnited States
CitySan Diego
Period20/07/9822/07/98

Keywords

  • mole
  • rover
  • space mission
  • astrobiology
  • Mars
  • organic chemistry
  • geochemistry
  • ESA
  • lander
  • isotopic composition

Cite this

Sims, MR., Pillinger, CT., Wright, IP., Cole, R., Whitehead, S., Wells, A., Wittmann, K., Richter, L., Kochan, H., Hamacher, H., Johnstone, A., Rees, K., Turner, R., Peskett, S., Brack, A., Hobbs, J., Berthoud, L., Durrant, R., Higgins, J., ... Neukum, G. (1998). Beagle 2: A proposed ExoBiology lander for ESA's 2003 Mars Express mission. In RB. Hoover (Ed.), INSTRUMENTS, METHODS, AND MISSIONS FOR ASTROBIOLOGY (pp. 15-29). (PROCEEDINGS OF THE SOCIETY OF PHOTO-OPTICAL INSTRUMENTATION ENGINEERS (SPIE); Vol. 3441). Society of Photo-Optical Instrumentation Engineers (SPIE).