Beagle 2 spacecraft spotted on Mars
After 11 years, the Beagle 2 has been found on the red planet Mars. Beagle 2 was scheduled to land on Mars in 2003, but scientist lost contact with it during it’s decent into the red planet. Images came back to find that Beagle 2 did successfully land on Mars, but was only partially deployed after landing. The final solar panel on the spacecraft did not open properly, which meant that the antenna was not expose and couldn’t communicate with scientists back home.
I feel sorry for the scientist that had to deal with this ordeal. They spent quite some time with this project for it to never come to fulfill it’s duties because the final solar panel didn’t deploy properly. I believe it’s better knowing the fate of Beagle 2 instead of never having any kind of closure from the project, even if it’s 11 years later.
Colin Pillinger with a model of Beagle 2
My heart goes out to the mission principal investigator Professor Colin Pillinger and his family. Colin died May 7, 2014 after suffering a brain hemorrhage. The man died before ever knowing the fate of his Beagle 2. He was a determined mind to launch Beagle 2 Mars probe in spite of space bureaucracy. After this mishap it was hard trying to convince any agency of working towards a Beagle 3. The Beagle 3 project was rejected from the European Space Agency in 2004. Later, he would propose to NASA to include a scientific module originally meant for the Beagle 3 in the Laboratory Mars lander, but that offer was also denied. During his career, in 1993 he was elected in the Fellow of the Royal Society and in 2012 awarded the Royal Society’s Faraday medal. Maybe if he knew the fate of his craft he make the adjustments and proposed a new craft to the agencies. I really do feel gutted for Professor Colin Pillinger. He is survived by Judith and his two children, Shusanah and Nicolas.
Colin Trevor Pillinger, space scientist, born May 9,1943; died May 7, 2014.
Usually when I’m out and about meeting new people and tell them I earned a degree in biological engineering I usual get “ew.” Mostly think I do it for the money thay this degree brings, which is not true. Let’s take a trip down memory lane. Keep in mind that I was a C average student and nowhere near wanting to study biology. I had interest in the science, but I never thought I was smart enough to obtain a science degree. It was really a miracle that I was accepted into LSU. Like most colleges, LSU is set up where you can’t declare a major your freshman year. At that time, I really didn’t know what I wanted to choose as my major. That semester I took sixteen credit hours. Two of those classes were both the lecture and the lab for biology. I hated the lecture, it just reminded me of highschool all over again. In the lab it was a totally different story. I enjoy working with the equipment, making wet mounts and doing experiments. After awhile the biology lab is what I looked forward to every week. One day, I made a wet slide of a plant. I clamped the wet slide to the electron microscope, focused it and I was blown away! I could see all the green dots (chloroplast) moving within the cell. To me it was pretty damn cool to see the disk-like structure that is responsible for capturing light and using it to change carbon dioxide from the air we breathe into usable sugars for the cell in a process known as photosynthesis. Sitting around after class I finally felt like I’ve found what I want to do. Eventually, I would commit to biological engineering.
Getting this degree was definitely a journey. It consumed me and totally changed my lifestyle. Like I said, I was never the really smart guy. I had to study my ass off and doing internships to get some experience when I got closer to graduating. Sometimes, I feel like it costed me relationships with my significant others at the time and weakened my bonds with friends and family. I was so stress during the semesters because there was so much to learn. In the end, it was all worth it. Now I’m working as a research assistant. I’m so blessed I get to say “I don’t got to go to work.” Instead I’m saying, “I get to go to work.”