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Beagle 2 with shield in action
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- Title Beagle 2 with shield in action
- Released 07/01/2003 2:35 pm
- Copyright ESA 2001. Illustration by Medialab.
Beagle 2's heat resistant shield protects it from heat generated by friction with the martian atmosphere. Parachutes deploy to slow it down further, then gas-filled bags inflate to soften its landing.
Beagle 2 will land on Isidis
Planitia, a large, flat sedimentary
basin straddling the relatively
young northern plains and
ancient southern highlands,
where traces of life could have