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  Scientists end search for Beagle
Updated 12 February 2004, 18.44
Beagle 2 has been declared lost
The search for Mars lander Beagle 2 has finally ended after European space bosses admitted it is missing.

The European Space Agency (ESA) has been trying to contact Beagle 2 since its scheduled landing on 25 December.

Scientists think it could have been destroyed before landing, and are are going to try to find out what happened.

The spacecraft that carried Beagle 2 to Mars has been much more successful, and last week worked with Nasa to help them communicate with the Spirit rover.

Professor Colin Pillinger was behind Beagle 2
Professor Colin Pillinger was behind Beagle 2
Beagle 2 was a very small spacecraft and didn't cost as much money to build as others like the two Nasa rovers Spirit and Opportunity.

Scientists thought it was an amazing craft because so many instruments were crammed into it - it's just a shame the lander didn't get to use any of them.

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