A space probe designed by a Bristol scientist which disappeared while on a search for alien life has been discovered on Mars.
The UK Space Agency based in Swindon has confirmed that the British Beagle 2 spacecraft did successfully land on the planet in 2003. The mission was led by Professor Colin Pillinger, who died last year aged 70, having been awarded a CBE for his services to science.
The probe was discovered by an orbiter taking photos 185 miles above the Red Planet. It was thought the probe had not survived the mission.
The Agency now believes that it landed, but did not deploy fully, leaving it unable to contact Earth. This would make Beagle 2 the first British and European spacecraft to successfully land on the Red Planet.
Professor Pillinger's daughter said he would have loved the chance to prove his critics wrong.