Beagle 2Beagle 2 was a part of the European Space Agency's Mars Express Mission.
The probe was launched on its journey to Mars aboard a Soyuz-Fregat launch vehicle on June 2, 2003.
On Christmas day, 2003, the Beagle 2 landed on the surface of Mars. Unfortunately, controllers were unable to contact the lander afterwards.
On Mars, the plan was for the lander to gather geological and mineralogical data to date rock samples. Beagle was also designed to release a wire-guided mini-robot which would borrow its way under rocks to a depth of 2 meters.