Long Lost British Space Probe Found on Mars
The European Space Agency says a British-built space probe that disappeared more than a decade ago on Mars has been found.
The British space agency said Friday the Beagle 2 spacecraft "has been found partially deployed on the surface of the planet, ending the mystery of what happened to the mission."
The agency said the partial deployment "would explain why no signal or data was received" from the Beagle because "full deployment of all the solar panels was needed" to transmit data and receive commands from Earth.
The agency said there was "clear evidence" of the lost lander in satellite images taken by the U.S. space agency NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter.
Officials said the find showed that "the entry, descent and landing sequence for Beagle 2 worked and the lander did successfully touch down on Mars on Christmas Day 2003."
Britain's Beagle 2 was carried to the red planet on ESA's Mars Express. The Beagle was to report back from Mars using instruments designed to help search for signs of life, but nothing was heard after it was dropped off to make its landing.
British planetary scientist Colin Pillinger who was the driving force behind the mission died last year at the age of 70.
Obama, Cameron Meet at White House
U.S. President Barack Obama and British Prime Minister David Cameron are meeting for a second day of talks Friday in Washington.
White House officials say Mr. Obama and Mr. Cameron will discuss a range of issues including terrorism, Ebola and Russia's actions in Ukraine, and cyber-security.
The two world leaders are also expected to announce their plans to hold joint cyber "war games" starting later this year with a mock attack on banks.
The British leader has said he plans to ask President Obama to press U.S. technology companies like Google and Facebook to allow governments to snoop on encrypted communications.
The subject is a sensitive one in the U.S. following widespread public outrage at revelations the U.S. National Security Agency was scooping up phone records of millions of Americans. Disclosures by former NSA systems analyst Edward Snowden also showed that several U.S. Internet businesses were giving NSA access to customer data.
The president held a working dinner with the prime minister at the White House Thursday night, a week after Europe was shaken by terror in Paris.