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Artist Damien Hirst has shared his delight at hearing the Beagle 2 has been found and said he "can't believe" that the painting he had on board the missing spacecraft is now residing on Mars.
Hirst tweeted: "I have a painting on Mars! It's amazing!"
@hirst_official: "This is fantastic news! I can't believe Beagle 2 has been out there all this time and I have a painting on Mars!"
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Many people have been taking to Twitter to express their sadness that Professor Colin Pillinger didn't live to see that the Beagle 2 spacecraft did successfully land on Mars after all.
The mission was led by the Professor, and he died assuming that the craft had been destroyed after it went missing in 2003.
However, the UK Space Agency today confirmed that high resolution pictures taken by Nasa's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter spacecraft showed it actually successfully landed 12 years ago.
Utterly incredible to see that the #Beagle2 has finally been found on Mars. Sad that Prof Colin Pillinger isn't alive to see this.
Amazing news that they've found #Beagle2 intact on Mars! So sad Colin Pillinger isn't here to learn his spacecraft wasn't lost after all.
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The British Beagle 2 spacecraft landed successfully on Mars' surface, David Parker, the chief executive of the UK Space Agency has confirmed.
The probe vanished while attempting a Christmas Day landing on the planet in 2003.
ITV News Science Correspondent Alok Jha tweeted an image showing where the spacecraft is believed to have landed: